Wear BLUE Dec. 9 to reclaim the promise of public education

Dec. 9th is just around the corner, so here’s a friendly reminder: wear blue to show your support for public education. The Dec. 9th National Day of Action is our chance to support the call for better funding for public schools; a stronger focus on teaching and learning, not testing; and a three-year moratorium on [...]

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Wear blue on Dec. 9th for National Day of Action!

If you don’t already have your blue t-shirt, blue pants or skirt, or even blue hat picked out for the Dec. 9 National Day of Action, start looking. NYSUT is joining a coalition of over 100 other groups to show our support for public education by wearing blue Dec. 9, and we’re hoping you’ll join [...]

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Share My Lesson teams up with PBS NewsHour

NYSUT members can now access a variety of middle and high school lesson plans and resources linked to current events and the new Common Core learning standards, thanks to a new partnership between Share My Lesson and PBS NewsHour Extra. Created by the American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, and TES Connect, [...]

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Student films feature rally coverage

The rally may have wrapped up last week, but its aftereffects are still being felt! Thanks to Lisa Higgins Foster of the Hyde Park United Employees Association for passing along news that a documentary student film project on standardized testing included footage and interviews from the June 8th One Voice United rally. The film was [...]

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Here’s why they came — updated

Spending a precious Saturday in June on the road is a big ask, but Krista Gibbs of the Batavia Teachers Association, Danielle Cobb of the Depew Teachers Organization, Elizabeth M. Dunne, president of the Clarence TA and Marion Quinn of the Arlington TA consider the miles traveled to Albany today for the “One Voice United” [...]

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“I am proud to be a teacher”

Kathryn D. Brown, a member of the Chazy Teachers Association, wrote and shared the letter below at the “Tell It Like It Is” forum in Lake Placid in March. She also posted the piece earlier this week on the NYSUT Facebook page, and I’m sharing it again here because I believe it really captures the [...]

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Sweatshop fire survivor shares her story

Reading about sweatshops is one thing. Learning about them first-hand from a worker is another. Fifteen Coxsackie-Athens High School students were spellbound on Monday as Sumi Abedin, a 24-year-old survivor of the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh last November, told her story.  The blaze killed more than 100 trapped workers — owners routinely locked factory [...]

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Members “Tell It Like It Is” at Listening Tour

A cold, wet, windy drizzle didn’t stop members from sharing their concerns at the second “Tell It Like It Is” Listening Tour town hall meeting last night at Shaker High School. Member frustration with the state’s relentless push for standardized testing, and concern over the poor implementation of teacher evaluations and the common core curriculum [...]

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Members helping members

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It’s been said that hard times bring out the best in people. No where is this more evident than in the outpouring of support NYSUT members statewide have extended to those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Below is a list of some of the many ways members are helping members in their time of need. If [...]

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Educator’s students sing an anti-bullying tune

Jennifer Kosinski’s first graders at Castleton Elementary School in Rensselaer County put bullies on notice recently, penning and singing an anti-bullying song urging students to stand up and speak out. A member of the Schodack Faculty Association, Kosinski and her students wrote the piece as part of a classroom visit by WGNA radio personality Richie Phillips, [...]

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