Your homework assignment for February break


Not one to rest on the laurels of a successful forum on community education at Lyncourt School in Syracuse earlier this week, Westhill District Education Association President Greg McCrea has assigned his colleagues with homework for the February break, calling on them to get informed, get active on social media, and speak out. It’s terrific [...]

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NYSUT stands in support of South Burlington educators


UPDATE OCT. 20: SBEA members vote to approve the contract. UPDATE OCT. 19: Tentative agreement reached; school set to open Monday. NYSUT stood strong with sisters and brothers in Vermont Wednesday as the South Burlington Educators Association entered day two of their strike in protest of failed contract negotiations and unfair labor practices. Pictured above, [...]

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Standing with Spencerport on high-stakes testing

Standing with Spencerport on high-stakes testing

More than 60 teachers at Spencerport’s Cosgrove Middle School have signed a petition calling for action on this year’s English langauge arts and math tests for grades 3-8 — and, thanks to social media —  more teachers and parents and education stakeholders are joining the call each day online at The teachers’ petition characterizes [...]

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


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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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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AFL-CIO leaders take to the Adirondacks like ducks to water


NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta is proud to say he’s a city boy, but that didn’t prevent him from stepping up as part of an AFL-CIO team that joined the governor on a whitewater rafting trip Sunday in the Adirondacks. Pallotta pronounced the experience “exhilarating.” Gov. Cuomo invited teams of rafters and the media [...]

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Parent Perspective: This whole testing thing 


Jessica Ashley is a single mother and blogger based in Chicago. Her blog is Sassafrass. You can take action on high-stakes testing at I’ve been reading the news coming out of New York where high-stakes testing has become a central issue in every conversation about education, where outreach is nationwide and needs are dire. I [...]

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Parent perspective: It’s just a test – even in Illinois


As we’ve heard from AFT President Randi Weingarten, the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the use of high-stakes tests to make high-stakes decisions about students and teachers isn’t only a problem in New York but across the country. Kelly Wickham, a school administrator and parent from Springfield, Ill., offers her perspective. If you’re [...]

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VIDEO: “Voice: NYSUT Representative Assembly 2013″

“600,000 voices. One union. Our union.” The theme of NYSUT’s 41st annual Representative Assembly is “Voice.” This is the kickoff video from tonight’s opening session of the convention.

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Health and safety advocate Greenbaum is PSC’s top ‘watchdog’


NYSUT members stood up and cheered to sing the praises of Joan Greenbaum, a health and safety activist from the Professional Staff Congress, who was given the Unsung Heroes Award Friday night at NYSUT’s Health and Safety Leadership Conference. The retired CUNY computer science professor helped create a health and safety committee on each campus to make safer, [...]

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