Neira, Kowal: Parents, educators must be heard

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira and United University Professions President Fred Kowal made a compelling case for giving parents and educators a stronger voice in pubic education during an interview Monday with radio journalist Susan Arbetter during the National Day of Action. “We’re really asking for our state lawmakers and Regents to listen to the [...]

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UPDATED: Not all adjuncts treated alike at CUNY

The Professional Staff Congress – NYSUT’s second-largest higher education union representing academic and professional faculty at CUNY – has expressed outrage that  ex-CIA Director David Petraeus will be teaching one course a semester at the City University of New York for $150,000 a semester. That’s more than three times the median pay full-time, non-tenure-track faculty earn [...]

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Higher ed system has ‘a lot to be proud of’

United University Professions member Bill Ashbaugh spent his first advocacy day in the Legislative Office Building mixing discussion of Japanese universities with opposition to the governor’s proposal for a Tier VI pension plan. Ashbaugh, who chairs the history department at SUNY Oneonta, joined a group of UUP sisters and brothers – most of them experienced [...]

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Campers oppose cuts to colleges

Among the hundreds of peaceful demonstrators at Wednesday’s Capitol Camp-in were students, parents and graduates of the state’s senior and community public colleges. They included Caitlin Kempf and Steve Moss, both students at Adirondack Community College. “It was supposed to be my senior year, but because of SUNY, I’m back at my sophomore year,” Kempf [...]

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Extra effort keeps teacher center ‘unofficially open’

Teacher centers throughout New York lost their funding in the current state budget, but several have continued to operate with the help of volunteer staffs and the cooperation of local districts. Among them is the Tioga County Teacher Center in Nichols, a Southern Tier community between Binghamton and Elmira.

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