Retiree support key to Pellegrino win

If Mel Stern hasn’t returned your phone call or answered your email in a few months, don’t take it personally. As an active member of NYSUT’s Suffolk County Political Action Committee, Stern and his fellow PAC members had their hands full helping Baldwin Teachers Association member Christine Pellegrino, a Democrat, pull off a David-and-Goliath-sized win […]

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Retiree pays musical tribute to colleagues

Physical education teacher Mike DeAngelis may have retired in June but, to his former colleagues at Bethlehem Central School District, near Albany, he was there in spirit for the 2016-17 staff opening day in August. The Bethlehem Central Teachers Association retiree wrote and recorded the song, “I am an Eagle,” to help educators kick off […]

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‘Raising the Curve’ raises awareness about challenges in high-needs school

Looking for an interesting summer read? Check out Raising the Curve by journalist Ron Berler. Berler spent a year as a volunteer teacher aide chronicling the challenges students and teachers face at Brookside Elementary, a high-poverty school in Norwalk, Ct. The author saw first-hand the difficulties teachers experienced as they worked to improve student test […]

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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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