National Poetry Month brings news, teaching support

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Does poetry seem unnecessary to you? Like an extra piece of jewelry? Or the whipped cream on the all-American, hearty apple pie? Poetry has been maligned like that. It’s used to it. But poetry asks us to pay attention.  A good poem has a relevant subject, and expresses an original take on matters, says George [...]

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Equal Pay Day a union reminder

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Many of you will remember it because we’re a week away from the deadline to file income tax returns. If you’re a woman, however, you might remember it because, for all of your working life it’s been the day to mark how long you have [...]

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RA logistics: behind the scenes, before and after

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Behind the scenes of the NYSUT RA, union staff scurries about busily before, during and after to make things tick, whirr and purr. The Information Technology department sets up and then breaks down the Internet zone that provides computers for members to use during the assembly. They also set up the Political Action Center, where [...]

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Charged-up delegates get ready to make policy

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On many street corners in Manhattan right now, you can find someone hawking the ubiquitous black umbrella for $5. Buyers are seeking protection from the rain, just as NYSUT members descending on the city for the start of the 42nd Representative Assembly are seeking the protection that their union provides. Attacks on public education, gross [...]

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Women’s History Month still alive with learning

I’ve learned a lot this month. During Women’s History Month every March, a lot of information comes across my desk and on my computer. I’m always struck by the power of women to change the world, to fix their neighborhood, to right wrongs, to shelter those in need, to save a family, to keep trying. [...]

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Schools throw down another Winter Challenge: End GEA

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To promote tourism in upstate New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted the 2014 Winter Challenge in Lake Placid this past weekend. He brought along quite a crew: about 400 state and elected officials, staff and some people who just love the great outdoors in winter. Events included curling, ice hockey, ice skating, toboggan, alpine skiing [...]

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A book a day keeps boredom at bay

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Tomorrow is the end of the third quarter marking period at Giffen Elementary School in Albany — but today was a day for nice surprises. Each first- and second-grader was presented with a book of their own, a box of pencils, and a cardboard “Cat in the Hat” hat to celebrate Read Across America. “It’s [...]

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Getting ready to read

Readers using Asian languages read down, following the vertical path of the letters. But, in many other places — like America — we read across. On Monday, we will be Reading Across America. It’s time for the 17th annual National Education Association’s Read Across America literacy program, held each year on March 2, Dr.Seuss’s birthday. [...]

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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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Cuomo’s tax cuts for millionaires don’t add up

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NYSUT joined dozens of the state’s leading progressive advocacy groups, unions, community-based organizations and faith leaders this week to demand that the state Legislature reject proposals to provide $1.1 billion in tax breaks to millionaires and Wall Street banks. To do so would simply exacerbate income inequality in New York, which bears the widest gap [...]

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