Continuing questions about student privacy

NYSUT and AFT have repeatedly raised concerns about student and teacher privacy regarding inBloom, Inc. Nearly two months ago, AFT President Randi Weingarten suggested public forums be held and committees be created to establish guidelines relating to the use of the data. Here’s a link to not only Weingarten’s two-page letter, but also the response […]

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Stand with Chicago teachers!

The American Federation of Teachers is organizing a thunderclap to support the Chicago Teachers Union. About 3,500 CTU members have been targeted for layoff at the same time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has engaged in a $1.6 million contract with Teach for America. Visit and help send a strong message that students and teachers deserve […]

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AFT TEACH 2013: NYSUT members featured in many “how-to” sessions

AFT TEACH Jennifer Allard and Rhea Dowling

On the final day of AFT’s TEACH Conference, the spotlight was on several teams of NYSUT members who are taking the lead in their profession. Educators from around the country attended a session presented by four members of NYSUT’s Subject Area Committee who have developed exemplary Common Core lessons and posted how-to videos and lesson […]

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AFT TEACH 2013: Social justice just two clicks away


Educators will soon have access to three new human rights lesson plans, another tool to help further the union’s social justice mission. NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler and Donna Bryan, a veteran English language arts teacher from Coxsackie-Athens High school, helped lead a panel discussion on “Teaching About Global Human Rights Challenges: Mandela, Malala and GAP, […]

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AFT TEACH 2013: Poughkeepsie wins AFT Innovation grant

Poughkeepsie TA President Debbie Kardas, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Nicole Williams at AFT TEACH.

Poughkeepsie Public Schools Teachers Association President Debbie Kardas saw her face on the big screen at the opening session of the AFT TEACH conference today heralding the announcement that her district  won a $150,000 AFT Innovation Fund grant to build exemplary Common Core lesson plans for middle school and high school English language learners. Poughkeepsie’s […]

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AFL-CIO leaders take to the Adirondacks like ducks to water


NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta is proud to say he’s a city boy, but that didn’t prevent him from stepping up as part of an AFL-CIO team that joined the governor on a whitewater rafting trip Sunday in the Adirondacks. Pallotta pronounced the experience “exhilarating.” Gov. Cuomo invited teams of rafters and the media […]

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Fight Back Friday: Student Success Act biggest oxymoron ever

UPDATE via NEA Education Votes: House of Representatives narrowly passes flawed ESEA reauthorization Members of the House of Representatives today passed the “Student Success Act” (H.R. 5), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The measure passed 221–207, with no Democratic votes in support and 12 Republicans voting no on final passage. […]

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NY Times agrees with NYSUT: End testing obsession

A recent New York Times editorial headlined “The Trouble with Testing Mania” struck all the right chords in its dissection of this nation’s overemphasis on standardized testing and the misuse of the test results to, in effect, punish both students and their teachers. It is a message on which NYSUT has been a vocal leader, joined […]

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Local Action Project: Community outreach starts by strengthening membership


. Photo Gallery When attacks on public education, public workers and their benefits come from all sides, where do those who want to protect the public good go for help? “We need to start with ourselves,” said Emily Sullivan, an elementary art teacher and part of a 5-member team from the Plattsbugh Teachers Association during […]

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Feel Good Friday

The oppressive humidity that has hung over much of the state lifted today. That’s one reason to feel good as the weekend gets under way. Having a break from humidity will help so much for members in a large portion of Central New York still dealing with the aftermath of flooding. Members across the Syracuse […]

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