Basking in the moment (updated)


Rain falls here in the Capital Region (again) today, as across most of the state. But, thanks to Linda Yankowski, a teaching assistant and member of the Hyde Park United Employees Association, it’s all sunshine here at NYSUT. At 10:06 Sunday night, Linda sent us this email: I was one of those 10,000 that attended […]

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Getting on a soap box (derby) for education

Early participants at the rally gathered to watch a soap box derby on the hill in front of the New York State Museum. A clear favorite was a car driven by Maxim Gottlieb, a student at the Thomas O’Brien Academy in Albany. His entry was emblazoned with “Racing For Education.” Maxim is the son of […]

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Fight Back Friday: Ready to rally!

It’s less than 24 hours now for the One Voice United Rally. Remember to follow the action on Twitter use #rallyJune8 and check this blog for updates. The latest count has that more than 225 buses are coming from schools, colleges and office buildings across the state. So if you are coming by car, you might […]

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June 18 matters: Round 2 for some districts

It is now two weeks until the school budget revote date. Across the state, only 32 districts did not pass their budgets on the first try and 21 of those really passed, but did not reach the 60 percent supermajority needed to override their tax cap. Districts can either adopt a 0 percent increase to their […]

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Fight Back Friday: Contact your state lawmakers next week

For 32 school districts across the state, painful decisions must be made by Monday. In North Syracuse, which saw its budget “fail” with a 54 percent “yes” vote, the board will cut $1.4 million to get under the tax cap and thus hopefully “pass” its budget with a simple majority. You can help right this […]

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Fair elections now!

Here’s one link to coverage of the rally to push campaign finance reform today. We’ve also posted some video and photographs – and the Labor Religion Coalition has photos, too. (Yes, I thought I was shooting video of NYSUT Executive President Andy Pallotta when he was speaking. Instead it was a photo!) Oh well, lucky […]

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June 18 matters: Schools try again to pass budgets

For those 32 school districts across the state whose budgets did not pass, the next three weeks are crucial. June 18 is the last chance to ask voters to approve a spending increase. We’re still collecting information about what those 32 districts will do. Here’s one link to news that the Newcomb district will again […]

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Fight Back Friday: Listen to your Mother (Jones)

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video to help you gear up for the rally June 8 in Albany. I just wanted to provide a bit more background on Mary Harris “Mother” Jones quote of  “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Jones was speaking to group of […]

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Get on the rally bus: Freeport, Long Island (Updated with Sachem offer)

If you live on the southern side of Nassau County,  the president of the Freeport TA has an offer for you. “Anybody who wants a ride to the June 8 rally in Albany can come,” said Stu Napear. “They reserve a seat with $10 and they will get that $10 back when they step on […]

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School budget votes add up to wins and losses (Updated)

The oft-used phrase from ABC Sports about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat so applies to school budget votes. The thrill of victory is for the vast majority of school budgets across the state that passed. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi called the successful voting day “a resoundingly positive message about public education. […]

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