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 and Utica regions are still “mucking” out and they could use all the help they can get. We heard of one effort spearheaded by NYSUT locals, including the North Syracuse EA and the Auburn TA, which are collecting cleaning supplies and planning to bring them to the hard-hit areas tomorrow. Please comment below if your local union is sponsoring an event or assisting on a specific day, or if you know of an area that needs more help. If you don’t like commenting publicly, email to email@example.com or give me a call at (800) 342-9810 ext. 6283.
Folks, the best way to help is to give to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund. NYSUT Vice President Kathleen Donahue heads up that fund with Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler.
Here’s another reason to feel good today: Reports are out that show, contrary to what public education critics would like you to believe, schools are working and, in fact, students are performing at higher levels today than in previous generations. Hopefully, the facts will help pop the ballooning myths some spread.
Another reason to feel good is news of at least one school district adding jobs back to the schools for the 2013-14 school year. Congrats to three educators in the Massena schools getting their jobs (or at least half-time jobs) back.