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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AFT to launch Common Core webinars

The American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, will kick off a series of webinars on Wednesday to provide tips, advice and strategies on using the new Common Core curriculum in the classroom. The free webinar series, entitled “Common Core Confident,” will be presented through the AFT’s popular “Share My Lesson” program. The [...]

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Words matter

AFT President Randi Weingarten was as outraged as NYSUT was when Gov. Cuomo suggested a “death penalty” for so-called failing schools last week in Buffalo and joined President Dick Iannuzzi in issuing this strong statement today.

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Do you hear us now? I guess they do!

If one speaks clearly and forcefully, with authority, facts and knowledge, people start to listen. That’s exactly what’s happening as NYSUT’s message about standardized testing and the resultant, misleading test scores is increasingly being heard and embraced. We saw it with the massive turnout of NYSUT members parents, students and community leaders, at the June [...]

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NY Times agrees with NYSUT: End testing obsession

A recent New York Times editorial headlined “The Trouble with Testing Mania” struck all the right chords in its dissection of this nation’s overemphasis on standardized testing and the misuse of the test results to, in effect, punish both students and their teachers. It is a message on which NYSUT has been a vocal leader, joined [...]

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