Former NYSUT counsel receives national award

Bernard Ashe

Bernard Ashe, who served as NYSUT’s general counsel from 1972-1996, has been honored by the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section with its 2017 Arvid Anderson award. The award recognizes Ashe’s outstanding contributions to the development of labor law in the public sector. “Bernard really did so much to shape the union’s Office of […]

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Educators to stand up for refugees and immigrants

educators out

Educators in our public schools, colleges and universities are being asked to stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities. On Monday, Jan. 9, educators across the nation will hold an #EducatorsOut Day of Action to protect immigrants, refugees and undocumented students by supporting sanctuary schools and campuses. NYSUT members are encouraged to take the […]

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Magee: DeVos would be ‘devastating’ to public ed

Karen E. Magee

In the litany of developments that have followed in the wake of Election Day, one stands out as particularly onerous to NYSUT members, our students and public education in New York State: the nomination of anti-public school activist Betsy DeVos for the position of secretary of education. NYSUT’s response to the DeVos nomination is in […]

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Marines offer Educator’s Workshop

The US Marines are looking for a few good teachers — for their annual Educator’s Workshop. The workshop, in its 30th year, brings educators from across the nation to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Paris Island, S.C., to tour training facilities, speak to recruits and Marine instructors, and gain knowledge about the military that […]

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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

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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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