Today’s the day: Register to vote


The first presidential debate for the 2016 presidential election is now fodder for workplace hallways, social media, college debates, fact checkers and café conversations. The words that will matter the most, however, are the names on the ballot on Nov. 8. Today is National Voter Registration Day. Hundreds of events are taking place in libraries, [...]

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Magee, panel agree: R-E-S-P-E-C-T


NYSUT President Karen Magee joined other education experts Thursday morning at the Albany Business Review’s Education Power Breakfast. Guests descended upon the historic Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, Schenectady County, for coffee, pastries and, of course, a discussion of pressing educational issues. Moderator Mike DeMasi, a senior reporter from the Albany Business Review, turned first to [...]

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Reliable forecast: raising funds helps ALS research

No matter what the weather will be on April 17, here is a reliable forecast: the “ALS Ride for Life” Bike Trek event will bring together bicyclists to raise serious money to combat this crippling disease. Bikers will ride 10 mile, 25 mile, 50 mile, or 100 mile courses, depending on muscle power and mojo. [...]

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NYSUT stands – and walks – with Relay for Life


NYSUT members are noted for their generosity and activism on behalf of a good cause. Many have embraced their union’s sponsorship of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in October. In June, with NYSUT President Karen Magee taking the lead in the Capital District, NYSUT will be out in force for the American Heart [...]

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Cuba: Contradictions created by the U.S. embargo


BY MELANIE PORES EDITOR’S NOTE: Melanie Pores, a former bilingual/dual language teacher and member of the Albany Public Schools Teachers Association, as well as a retired NYSUT staff member, recently returned from a people-to-people delegation sponsored by Rev. Raúl Suárez from the Martin Luther King Center in Marianau, Cuba. The Capital District delegation also included [...]

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Breakfast: It does a student good


Before food for thought—there should be food. The National Education Association, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, is spreading more than just jam on toast. It’s also spreading the news about the benefits of breakfast in the classroom, along with providing resources on how to sign up for programs and explaining how they make a difference. [...]

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Take action today to celebrate FMLA


The AFL-CIO and the Coalition of Labor Union Women are today commemorating the 23rd anniversary since President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act. Actions include a thunderclap, social media buzz  and a legislative push for up to seven days of paid sick leave. Forty percent of private-sector workers do not have any [...]

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World AIDS Day: Education and treatment vital


Today is World AIDS Day. It’s worth paying attention to. Because that disease is still with us. You know — the one no one wanted to talk about. Two people I loved died of AIDS in the 1980s and early ’90s, when AIDS was first being discovered and then shushed here in America. David and [...]

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Can’t take the August heat? Bold the cold: ICE ALS


The unstoppable Chris Pendergast — who maneuvers life and roads with his wheelchair, his headgear, his supportive family and his keen intellect to keep on keeping on — is at it again. He’s hosting an ICE ALS event this week. The retired teacher, and 22-plus year survivor of ALS, is using ice cubes to help [...]

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Peace moving through a mountain town

hate won't win poster

There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening or the grassy park. It was a beauty that came with care, and with candles. The Saranac Lake Teachers Association, together with the social justice [...]

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