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

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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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NYSUT taking students to film about Dr. King

Hundreds of students and their families from across New York state will be commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend by attending a showing of the award-winning film “Selma,” courtesy of NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino and the other NYSUT officers. Fortino and NYSUT Director of Community Relations Paul Webster have spent much of [...]

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Tarrytown ‘First Book’ a big hit

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NYSUT locals across the state have been successfully participating in the First Book Challenge project. Thousands of new books have been given away to children, thanks to local unions. One of the latest First Book giveaways was in Tarrytown area, where NYSUT Regional Staff Director Marc Laffer was on hand. Here is Laffer’s impression of [...]

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Webinar offered to help undocumented students

NYSUT members can take part in a webinar on Wednesday offered by the National Education Association to learn more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Students program. DACA was created by President Obama in 2012 to provide young people born abroad but raised here a way to stay in the US [...]

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NYSUT, White House put focus on higher ed

Today’s assignment: Make college more affordable. And that’s a topic getting a lot of attention, with President Obama’s summit on college costs coinciding with the launch of NYSUT’s higher education campaign to “Keep New York a State of Mind.” The NYSUT campaign underscores the vital importance of New York’s public universities and colleges, and the [...]

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Parents, teachers standing together

NYSUT has been visible and vocal in its call for a three-year moratorium on the use of state assessments for any high-stakes consequences for students and teachers. The union has also been critical of how the state Education Department rolled out the new Common Core curriculum and of its obsession with standardized tests. The NYSUT [...]

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In defense of public pensions

Public pensions are a favorite target of right-wing extremists and those looking to solve goverment’s fiscal problems on the backs of hard-working public-service workers. One strong defender of public pensions is NYSUT board member Tim Southerton of Sayville. Southerton, ED 21 director, will bring his winning arguments to “The Pension Debate: Public Pensions and Long [...]

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Common Core concerns continue to spread

Parents, educators, politicos and community members have filled auditoriums, meeting halls and public spaces in recent weeks expressing their concern — for some, their outrage — over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core learning standards and their effects on students and teachers. Last night, it was Central New York — in Whitesboro, Oneida [...]

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