Former NYSUT counsel receives national award

Bernard Ashe

Bernard Ashe, who served as NYSUT’s general counsel from 1972-1996, has been honored by the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section with its 2017 Arvid Anderson award. The award recognizes Ashe’s outstanding contributions to the development of labor law in the public sector. “Bernard really did so much to shape the union’s Office of […]

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NBCT blog valuable for all educators

NYSUT’s Susan Lafond knows a thing or two about professional development for educators. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and works with statewide professional development training through the union’s Education & Learning Trust. Lafond also serves on AFT’s ELL Educator Cadre and is an expert practitioner and adviser to Colorin Colorado. Recently, Lafond added […]

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Educators to stand up for refugees and immigrants

educators out

Educators in our public schools, colleges and universities are being asked to stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities. On Monday, Jan. 9, educators across the nation will hold an #EducatorsOut Day of Action to protect immigrants, refugees and undocumented students by supporting sanctuary schools and campuses. NYSUT members are encouraged to take the […]

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Marines offer Educator’s Workshop

The US Marines are looking for a few good teachers — for their annual Educator’s Workshop. The workshop, in its 30th year, brings educators from across the nation to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Paris Island, S.C., to tour training facilities, speak to recruits and Marine instructors, and gain knowledge about the military that […]

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NYSUT stands – and walks – with Relay for Life

NYSUT members are noted for their generosity and activism on behalf of a good cause. Many have embraced their union’s sponsorship of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in October. In June, with NYSUT President Karen Magee taking the lead in the Capital District, NYSUT will be out in force for the American Heart […]

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Dont be fooled by IRS scammers

Have you received a call from the Internal Revenue Service lately? Well, ignore the chill that shot up your spine upon hearing from some authorative voice warning you that you’re under investigation. It’s a scam — one that’s been around for a few years. In fact, it’s become so prevalent that the IRS embarked on […]

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Union’s plight strikes sour note as Jazz Appreciation Month approaches

Music educators across New York State may now be preparing to teach their students about one of America’s great contributions to the arts — jazz — as April, just a handful of weeks away, is Jazz Appreciation Month. The AFT’s “Share My Lesson” program has a useful curriculum that NYSUT members may use to educate […]

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Districts still seek NYSTRS delegates

The New York State Teacher Retirement System is still looking for delegates from school districts across the state. Delegates elect teacher members to the Retirement Board and act as NYSTRS liaisons with employees. Employers are required to oversee the election of delegates and alternates and to report results to the NYSTRS. The deadline for conducting […]

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Business group honors Yonkers NYSUT leader

Patricia Puleo

When Pat Puleo’s name comes up in Yonkers — in fact, in many parts of the state — the conversation is usually about the plight of working people; almost certainly about education. After all, Puleo is the longtime president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers and a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors’ Executive […]

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‘Silence no more’

Editor’s note: Crises often bring good people together. We may not always agree on every issue or priority, but when it comes to providing for what all kids need and protecting public education, teachers, unionists AND administrators are almost always on the same side. Last Thursday’s education forum in Fairport, which drew several thousand pro-public […]

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