A new kind of seatbelt

Seatbelts save lives. We’ve all been told this and have been shown this is true. Now, a new bullying prevention initiative has been launched with the title SEATBELT, and it, too, hopes to save lives. Bullying, it says, is a human rights issue. Look no further than the front page of today’s New York Times, […]

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Take back the drugs day tomorrow — keep children, teens safe

There is a simple thing you can do tomorrow to help reduce the risk of a child, teenager or college student finding and using leftover prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, on your night stand, bureau or even in your trash. It’s a step toward stopping an epidemic. Unused prescription drugs can be safely disposed […]

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60,000 make strides in Jones Beach

Traffic tie-ups, jammed exits and parking problems at Jones Beach on Long Island meant that it was time for the annual Making Strides walk. Although it was windy and cool, the American Cancer Society reports that approximately 60,000 people took part in Sunday’s event, helping to raise more than $3.1 million. That’s a lot of […]

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NYSUT retirees help change NY hospital policy

When Ike Cassuto, the husband of NYSUT retiree Thalia Cassuto, got a bill for $6,000 for skilled nursing care earlier this year, he wasn’t happy. Now he’s just heard about  another bill — one that will help retirees on Medicare who are in situations like he was in. Good news was just announced: The governor […]

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Western New Yorkers walk in ‘sea of pink’


Newfane High School business teacher Kyle Beth Bridgeman started walking in Making Strides in 2003, the year one of her best friends was diagnosed with cancer.  Two years later, she was pinned with her own disturbing diagnosis of breast cancer.  She underwent a lumpectomy and then endured chemotherapy and radiation as part of her treatment. […]

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A show of solidarity for GE workers in Fort Edward


NYSUT members from the Fort Edward and South Glens Falls teachers associations, United University Professions, Albany Public Schools Teachers Association and NYSUT Board member Tony McCann walked the picket line on Friday in Fort Edward to show solidarity with the 200 members of UE Local 332 who work at the GE plant there. The union […]

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Essential role of school nurses spotlighted in tragedy

Laporshia Massey, a sixth-grade girl from Philadelphia, died from asthmatic complications on a September night after complaining of breathlessness at school earlier that day. But because of budget cuts, no school nurse was there to help. “We’ll never know if a school nurse could have saved Laporshia’s life,” said Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president. […]

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The science of yummy, the practice of Fair Trade

Plan ahead for the goblins, cheerleaders and Spidermen who come to the front door trailing leaves and opening bags in front of you to receive candy.  This year, you might choose to pass out  little brown bars of Fair Trade chocolate to the munchkins who show up on your front stoop on Oct. 31. Why […]

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Common Core concerns continue to spread

Parents, educators, politicos and community members have filled auditoriums, meeting halls and public spaces in recent weeks expressing their concern — for some, their outrage — over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core learning standards and their effects on students and teachers. Last night, it was Central New York — in Whitesboro, Oneida […]

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AFT to launch Common Core webinars

The American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, will kick off a series of webinars on Wednesday to provide tips, advice and strategies on using the new Common Core curriculum in the classroom. The free webinar series, entitled “Common Core Confident,” will be presented through the AFT’s popular “Share My Lesson” program. The […]

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