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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Massachusetts tax cap not a cure-all

New York state lawmakers may tout the effectiveness of neighboring Massachusetts’ tax cap, but many residents there say it doesn’t work. Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts will vote whether to repeal Proposition 2 1/2 on June 24th after facing several years of revenue problems. “We funded our budgets for the last four years with reserves […]

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Millionaire’s tax — why it’s needed

Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith wrote a great column in Sunday’s paper detailing why a millionaire’s tax would provide a fairer and more equitable tax rate for middle class tax payers. Read an excerpt below: If the decision about the property tax cap was about fairness for taxpayers, the next fight may be defined […]

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ELT summer institute offers AP training

If you’re like most educators, you know your job doesn’t end once summer arrives. Summer time means professional development, and once again NYSUT’s Education and Learning Trust is offering convenient and affordable summer courses. As part of its Advanced Placement Summer Institute, Aug. 8-11 at NYSUT headquarters in Latham, ELT will offer  four AP training courses in biology, […]

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A Race to Nowhere?

Have you seen the new film “Race to Nowhere” that’s creating such a buzz? Created by parent and first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles, it questions the value of standardized testing and has been called a response to last year’s documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Here’s some background from the film’s website: “Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young […]

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Celebration of Teaching and Learning, March 18-19 in NYC

Are you a K-12 educator looking for some unique professional development? Then attend the 2011 Celebration of Teaching & Learning, sponsored by NYSUT and hosted by THIRTEEN & WLIW21. The Celebration takes place March 18-19 in New York City. The two-day event brings together global experts, advocates, practitioners and academics from a wide range of […]

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