Ichabod Crane local gives school board an earful on testing

The Ichabod Crane Teachers Association organized a protest of overtesting at this week’s school board meeting, drawing about 150 teachers and parents fed up with testing. The Ichabod Crane School District is about 26 miles southeast of Albany. “This (the English Language Arts assessment) is not developmentally appropriate for my students and I find it [...]

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Season’s Readings

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Today is, as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh so famously said, “a rather blustery day.” Snowflakes are flying, adding to the hefty drifts already covering the ground. The evergreen branches are host to drapes of snow. Outside my window at NYSUT headquarters, a flock of birds frantically pluck at berries from a tree. The hulking [...]

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Remembering — and fighting again — pregnancy discrimination


Today’s Supreme Court oral hearings in the case of Peggy Young vs. UPS are about the rights of a pregnant woman on the job. This case is about workers’ rights. Women’s rights. Peggy Young was forced out of her job because she was pregnant. Many organizations are rallying today outside the Supreme Court in Washington, [...]

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Recommitting to solving HIV/AIDS; helping those with illness


Today is World AIDS Day, and there is much to be grateful for (advances in care), much to do (supporting those with HIV, educating people about it), and much to know. This year’s theme for World Aids Day is Focus, Partner and Achieve. Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infections Disease [...]

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Gratitude gets real: one teacher’s tale


Hamburg teacher James Gang took some time off from shoveling this morning to talk about gratitude in honor of the holiday for giving thanks. Although he’s spent much of the last 10 days shoveling different properties – school has been closed ever since six feet of snow was dumped in his town, shutting down roads, [...]

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(Purple) Lights, cameras, action against domestic violence


Right now, purple lights are streaming on buildings across New York as companies, organizations and people join in the campaign “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.” It’s far more than show: it is solidarity, it is awareness, and it is a call to victims to come forward and find help. Purple can pierce the dark. [...]

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Shout it from the mountaintops: VOTE!


June 1964 Dear Mom and Dad I have arrived safely in Meridian, Mississippi. This is a wonderful town and the weather is fine.  I wish you were here. The people in this city are wonderful and our reception was very good. All my love, Andy Andrew Goodman had arrived. A student at Queens College, he [...]

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In the North Country, local unions take action with apples


Kathryn Brown of the Chazy Teachers Association and NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta flank a sign opposing overtesting, at the “All Together Fall” education festival in Plattsburgh, held the last Saturday of September. The annual outdoor event is sponsored by teachers associations from local education unions in the North Country, and by the Northeast [...]

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Rally at Capitol on Thursday for the common people


It’s still summer and the call to be outside remains loud and clear. But  even though the lazy, hazy days of summer have their own lure, issues of concern to the common people — the 99 percent — are still demanding our attention. This coming week, there is an opportunity for you to get outside [...]

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Exploring faith for a fair New York

Exploring faith for a fair New York

Sometimes, it is important to step back, look at problems in a new way and share ideas and concerns with others. The power of reflection and collective thinking can be strong. The New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, in collaboration with other faith groups, is holding open a space and time to reflect on the state’s [...]

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