Back to school with all the “write” classroom strategies


Editor’s note: This is the first week back to school for many students across the state. (Though, in New York City and a number of other districts, the first day of school for students is not until Sept. 9.) Regardless of when that first school bell rings, teachers have been working to get their classrooms […]

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Time to turn the page


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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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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The price of poverty

Last weekend, the New York Times ran a column by Robert Putnam titled Crumbling American Dreams. Here’s an excerpt: But the story of Port Clinton over the last half-century — like the history of America over these decades — is not simply about the collapse of the working class but also about the birth of […]

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Congrats to Ulster BOCES teachers and students (updated)

Yet another example of how New York schools are among the best in the nation comes to us from the national 2013 Solar Car Challenge. A team of Ulster BOCES students, taught by NYSUT members Mark Harris, Noah Smith and Sally Lord, won the overall best trophy in the advanced division. The car they built […]

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Feel Good Friday: Feeling good by doing good

They make strides, they cut their hair, they make videos, they clean up highways and, of course, they sell baked goods. They also cough up cash to dress down. They help rebuild flood-ravaged areas. They give scholarships. They buy school supplies for their students and classrooms. They are the hundreds of thousands of NYSUT members […]

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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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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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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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