Members “Tell It Like It Is” at Listening Tour

A cold, wet, windy drizzle didn’t stop members from sharing their concerns at the second “Tell It Like It Is” Listening Tour town hall meeting last night at Shaker High School. Member frustration with the state’s relentless push for standardized testing, and concern over the poor implementation of teacher evaluations and the common core curriculum […]

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‘The Bully Effect’

Bullying has become a major social justice issue, one that NYSUT and its national affiliates have put their weight behind. Now, several of the cable networks have come on board. Tonight,  “The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special” — a production of CNN in partnership with the Cartoon Network — premieres, chronicling the journeys of a […]

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Using the tools

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The first week of school shouldn’t be about tests. But it is, thanks to the way many districts are implementing  new requirements for Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), testified some at the Capital Region stop of NYSUT’s Listening Tour last night. Occupational therapist Tammy Boire spoke out to give teachers some solutions to the growing […]

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Help Sachem. Use the MAC Thursday

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As a high school sophomore and co-president of the class of 2015, Kyle Kilkenny knows his future is in the hands of state lawmakers. While the Sachem district on Long Island has previously been able to keep a wide variety of programs, including full-day kindergarten, Advanced Placement courses and most sports and clubs, the district […]

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When educators are ‘storm troopers’

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The latest edition of NYSUT United is in your mailboxes this week. There’s an extensive article about the needs of NYSUT members impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The entire single-floor home of Jodi Rebholz, a member of the North Babylon Teachers Organization, and Stephen Rebholz was flooded and will require extensive repair, including replacing the heating and […]

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Listening Tour’s next stop: Capital District

Western New Yorkers are still talking about last week’s “Tell it like it is” Listening Tour that drew more than 600 NYSUT members to talk directly with NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Vice President Maria Neira. The discussion included the state’s obsession with standardized testing and other hot topics. A lively conversation ensued, with participants […]

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Who does sequestration hurt?

Here’s a link to exactly what will happen in New York if sequestration goes through. Here’s a link to a map the Huffington Post created that shows the jobs that will be lost. It also shows the states of New York, California, Texas and Florida as being most impacted. If you haven’t done it yet, or […]

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What would you do if your mother asked you?

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Readers will of course recognize that question as the last line of The Cat in the Hat, the beloved book by Theodor Geisel writing as Dr. Seuss. This is the week to celebrate reading through Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. If you don’t already have something planned, […]

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The right kind of cap

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So in 2008, NYSUT did this campaign to beat back a property tax cap proposal. It worked for awhile. Unfortunately, in 2011, lawmakers bowed to pressure and, as the New York Times puts it, approved one of “the signature measures of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s time in office.” Besides the nation’s newspaper of record, NYSUT’s lawsuit challenging the […]

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Private matters

NYSUT has been on record, time and again, in favor of transparency and the public’s right to know. But when that public airing leads to embarrassment and harassment … well, that’s too much. Today, NYSUT leaders hailed a New York state appellate court ruling that affirmed that teachers have privacy rights that prevent their pensions […]

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