Time to turn the page

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Two decades of working for NYSUT members ended today. Actually, there will still be one more blog post from me. I’m finishing up the story of Adam Osterweil, a Springs TA member, that should be ready to publish as many of our members head back to school next week. Working for NYSUT has meant telling […]

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Do you hear us now? I guess they do!

If one speaks clearly and forcefully, with authority, facts and knowledge, people start to listen. That’s exactly what’s happening as NYSUT’s message about standardized testing and the resultant, misleading test scores is increasingly being heard and embraced. We saw it with the massive turnout of NYSUT members parents, students and community leaders, at the June […]

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Goodman Mountain: A hometown passage to vivid air and civil rights

In the small Adirondack Mountain village where I grew up, Tupper Lake, there was a stunning stone house tucked away in the woods at the head of the lake, 10 miles from town. We passed it often en route to family picnics, waterfall swimming and later, to my job as a waitress at a rustic […]

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March on Washington’s youngest speaker

Here’s video from May 2013 of Asean Johnson speaking at a rally for Chicago schools. Nine-year-old Chicago student Asean Johnson stepped up to the podium just after Rep. John Lewis at today’s event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Asean said fifty years ago, Congressman Lewis was the youngest speaker at […]

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Holder: ‘Sacred and sadly unkept commitments’

Eric Holder, first African-American U.S. attorney general, said the 1963 March on Washington was to protest the “sacred and sadly unkept commitments to African-Americans.” Speaking at the podium facing the reflecting pool at the Washington DC mall packed with thousands of people, Holder said today’s fight includes standing up for women, gays, and people with […]

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Fight Back Friday: Heading out today

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In April, I was able to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., for the first time.  I was lucky — all of the cherry trees were in bloom and wispy pink flowers framed the water, the grass and the statue. I had seen photos of the monument, […]

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Footsteps to freedom: New lesson plans inspired by the March on Washington

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If you close your eyes for a minute, you can hear the sound of their footsteps. Marching. Marching. Sneakers. Boots.  Sandals. More than 250,000 people came to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963 for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And in one week — 50 years later — thousands will be coming […]

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Kennedy: Changing school culture can end bullying (Washington Post)

NYSUT is proud of its many partnerships with organizations and individuals that share its commitment to social justice issues. Among those partnerships is the union’s strong affiliation with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, headed by Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late senator. NYSUT and the RFK Center worked together to produce […]

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Fight Back Friday: Dream on!

Chances are looking better for immigration reform than they have in a long time. Here’s a link to an ABC news report and here’s a link to the progressive Maddow Blog report. Lots of folks are in favor of immigration reform for the fairness. Here in our state, there are more than 100,000 high school and […]

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Insurance changes on horizon

My hairdressers were talking about it, asking questions of each other.  I overheard several other people talking about it this week. “It” is the new optional health insurance online site, Marketplace. My hairdressers are among those people who have been working without health insurance, and who will now become insured. Employers have until Oct. 1 […]

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