Randi lends powerful voice on testing fairness

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AFT President Randi Weingarten today joined the chorus of education leaders who have been pressing New York state to make the new Common Core standards and assessments work before making them count. In an address to the Association for a Better New York, Weingarten called for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes decisions for students and […]

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May 21 matters, as does June 8

There are only three weeks to go before voters will cast their ballots on their school budgets in all districts except Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers. The next issue of NYSUT United features an article reporting that most school budgets increase class sizes, cut programs and close buildings so they can stay […]

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Remembering the workers

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, and every year NYSUT holds a simple and solemn ceremony to mark the memory of those who have lost their lives on the job in the past year. A red rose is laid down on a table as each name is called; a symbol for each life lost in the […]

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Prepping for the big unveil on May 1

Please be patient with us over the next few days. Most of NYSUT’s website is locked down as we prepare for a brand-spanking-new design, to be unveiled Wednesday. Wednesday is May 1, which holds great meaning for gardeners and unionists. We’ve been working toward this for a long time. It started more than a year […]

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Fight Back Friday: You want safety in health care, don’t you?

I am hopeful you’ve been lucky enough to avoid a trip to an acute care facility or a nursing home recently. Or maybe, like me, you’ve gone to visit someone who is on the mend. I have seen wonderful nurses stretched to the limit. Public health is so important and it’s clear legislation is needed in […]

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A seat for everyone at this table

It was an evening where everyone had a seat at the table. Farm workers, musicians, high school performance artists, union leaders, faith activists and the wide-eyed children of farm workers toddling around as their parents spoke out for a way of life that would give them a day off every week to be family. At the […]

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Sweatshop fire survivor shares her story

Reading about sweatshops is one thing. Learning about them first-hand from a worker is another. Fifteen Coxsackie-Athens High School students were spellbound on Monday as Sumi Abedin, a 24-year-old survivor of the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh last November, told her story.  The blaze killed more than 100 trapped workers — owners routinely locked factory […]

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Congrats to NYS high schools and their students

According to U.S. News and World Report, New York high schools are among the best in the nation. Here’s a link to how our state’s schools are doing. Congrats to California, which had 94 schools win a gold medal out of 1,799 eligible high schools. While New York was second with 65 gold medal schools, […]

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Taxing Tuesday: Cut kindergarten?

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, well it does. Click here for a link to the Niagara Gazette article from yesterday that some on the school board in that community may cut kindergarten to fill the budget gap. What’s not in that article is that, for the past four years, the school […]

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A video invite to rally on June 8

Joe Karb and Ben Higgins are active members of the Springville Faculty Association who were inspired by NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi’s rallying cry at the union’s Representative Assembly to be in Albany on June 8 to Fight for the Future of Public Education. But Joe and Ben want to make sure they’re not alone on […]

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