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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NYS AFL-CIO’s Mario Cilento: Tax cap is ‘undemocratic and arbitrary’

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento weighs in on NYSUT’s legal challenge to the state’s property tax cap. The property tax cap has done nothing but tie the hands of school districts at the exact wrong time. NYSUT’s decision to challenge the imposition of our state’s undemocratic and arbitrary cap should be welcome news to students, […]

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Long Island Latino Teachers voice support for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association recently voiced support for the nomination of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. Rivera was recently nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a seat on the state’s highest court. Here’s LILTA’s letter of support in full. February 9, 2013 Re: Nominee New York State Court […]

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How Chicago teachers are fighting for students


How does the Chicago teachers’ struggle for a fair contract help students? Just ask Chicago’s “Teacher X,” who recently took issue with schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard’s assertion that “a strike would only hurt kids.” When you make me cram 30-50 kids in my classroom with no air conditioning so that temperatures hit 96 degrees, that […]

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VIDEO: AFT highlights the state of the union

This video, which kicked off the AFT convention in Detroit this morning, highlights the past two years of AFT championing democracy, economic opportunity and high quality public services for students, families and communities.

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Have you seen the videos from the RA’s opening session?

From “Reclaim the Dream” to NYSUT award winners to the recent school budget television ad, they’re all here. More videos to come.

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