Colorado flooding affects NYSUT retirees

While hundreds of NYSUT members have had their lives uprooted by flooding in the past two years, they have also flooded NYSUT with cards and thank-you letters for assistance they have received from the Disaster Relief Fund. One woman was grateful for the financial assistance because it helped replace her son’s toys and clothes. Another […]

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To-do-list: National Voter Registration Day

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Are you registered to vote? Are your children 18 and over registered? Have you asked your colleagues if they are registered to vote? Did you know that in 2008, six million Americans did not vote because they did not know how to register, or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the U.S. […]

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Paper cranes migrate toward peace

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Among the thousands of delicately folded paper cranes now making their way around the world in a flight of peace, there are many that came from nests right here in New York. They are fluttering from the fingers of second-graders at Duanesburg Elementary School (Schenectady County), where teacher Erin Goodwin has been patiently  instructing students […]

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Hurray for home care workers!

Hurray for home care workers!

Bring it on home. Finally, home care workers have new, long-overdue labor rights. The Obama administration just announced a rule change to the Fair Labor Standards Act to guarantee minimum wage and overtime pay for them. There are more than  2 million home care workers in the U.S. and their net income is often less […]

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Share My Lesson teams up with PBS NewsHour

NYSUT members can now access a variety of middle and high school lesson plans and resources linked to current events and the new Common Core learning standards, thanks to a new partnership between Share My Lesson and PBS NewsHour Extra. Created by the American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, and TES Connect, […]

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Doves to fly

You can almost hear the wings flapping. They are the wings of doves, flying all over the Internet and throughthe U.S. Mail via invitations from the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State. All are marked with the organization’s logo, the dove of peace. The Coalition is inviting people to come to its annual Faith at […]

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Video contest powers up students’ drive

I will long remember riding the train to New York City in the spring a year and a half ago, sitting with a group of students from Saratoga BOCES who had just won the first ever Speak Truth to Power video competition. There was Sean in his new aqua-colored dress shirt, and Sarah with her […]

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Weingarten: NY should serve as a ‘warning siren’ on rushing Common Core implementation

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New York’s experience with Common Core state assessments should serve as a “warning siren” for states and districts across the country rushing to make the Common Core about tests and not about ensuring that the necessary shifts in instruction have occurred. That’s what American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told members of the Rockville […]

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Street actions strike a chord

Three Walmart workers were arrested for civil disobedience this morning at a rally in New York City, one of 15 such rallies being held today in 15 cities across the nation. Another rally is going on this afternoon in Long Island. Each time the workers take action, there is more noise and more support. That’s […]

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Words matter

AFT President Randi Weingarten was as outraged as NYSUT was when Gov. Cuomo suggested a “death penalty” for so-called failing schools last week in Buffalo and joined President Dick Iannuzzi in issuing this strong statement today.

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