Fight Back Friday: Busy people save time with MAC app

People are busier than ever. Loa Noyd, a music teacher and member of the Hancock Teachers Association, and I have spent weeks trying to find 30 uninterrupted minutes for an interview about her students performing at Carnegie Hall.  Thank goodness for a school holiday, so now the plan is to talk Monday morning. Dozens of […]

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Honor helpers (updated)

Relief Effort on Staten Island

Feb. 4. Thanks to the UFT. After reading this, someone knew of this picture taken of Tim Grady. The Workforce Development Institute has paired with the state AFL-CIO to document the union members, workers and volunteers who helped relief efforts of Super Storm Sandy. Here’s a link filled with information. They are collecting photos of […]

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Monday morning catch-up

Good morning! Sorry for the infrequent posts of late, but it seems so many of us are under the weather, either from the flu or the nastiest cold I personally have suffered since moving to New York state 25 years ago. At least I have access to medical care, and if you haven’t urged your […]

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Fight Back Friday: Take action for SUNY Downstate Medical

About 600 rallied to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center open this week. Here’s the link to NYSUT’s coverage. Here’s a link to the Albany Times-Union report, which includes the UUP press release here. Here’s a link to UUP’s coverage. You can also read here but be aware you need a Time Warner password to see more than […]

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Save Our Medical Centers!

If you’re anywhere near Albany from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, please consider rallying to keep SUNY Downstate Hospital open. It’s in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building. (That nickname is apt for an event to save health care services, don’t you think?) Stand with those who will be getting on buses in Brooklyn […]

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So we haven’t fallen off the cliff, yet

Sorry it’s taken so long to weigh in on the fiscal cliff. I was too busy finding out how much my asparagus tax credit would be. Seriously though, it was tough to find out specifics about what most NYSUT members are interested in, namely how the federal legislation would affect funding for education and student […]

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Fight Back Friday: Help Sandy victims

To just get a glimpse of the physical, financial and emotional challenges Superstorm Sandy caused to a few of NYSUT’s members, read the December issue of The Word, the newsletter of the Faculty Association of Suffolk Community College. Here’s a link to it online. You’ll read about: Michael Berrell, who, what he didn’t lose to […]

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Putting students first: It’s what teachers do

In the better-late-than-never category, congratulations to the 156 teachers across this state recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards last month for achieving national certification. This class of 2012 means New York has 1,458 nationally certified teachers. Here’s a link to a full article that emphasizes the Schenectady schools. Since Schenectady is my […]

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