Educators book their summer travels through literature


This week, educators across New York are unpacking cartons of NYSUT-provided books they received from First Book to hand out to students. The beautiful books come in hardcover and softcover, and include recent, popular titles and classical fiction. There are funny books, adventure books and mysteries. Titles include middle-grade books, young-adult books and books in [...]

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Speak out for girls’ education


Yesterday was Malala Day, a day the world community raises voices in honor of Malala Yousafzai and the global effort to have all children, especially girls, attend school. Yousafzai  was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15 for being an activist for girls education. She wrote a blog advocating for education for girls, who [...]

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If you aren’t angry you haven’t been paying attention

I’ve seen this comment on bumper stickers, and I always nod. Because yes, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. So many of our basic rights and foundations are being chiseled out from under us through ever-deeper attacks on the middle class; the meteoric rise of privilege in this country; the punitive attacks on [...]

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Five questions for ….

Working Families Summit

Priscilla Smith, a teacher aide and member of the Frontier Central Employees Association, who recently attended the White House Summit on Working Families: Q. The summit was a daylong event. What was the purpose of the summit? A. The White House Summit on Working Families brought together businessmen, elected officials, researchers and the everyday working [...]

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Happy Fourth to those fighting for freedom


Aaron Moore, tech sergeant with the 109th Airlift Wing of Scotia, part of the New York Air National Guard, is somewhere in the Middle East for the Fourth of July, along with his unit. His Independence Day — which is how we are able to celebrate our Independence Day– will be miles away from parades,hot dogs [...]

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A sound look

With all of the attention to the U. S. Supreme Court decision in the Harris v. Quinn case, the American Labor Studies Center has sagely steered away from the clamor of claiming victory/defeat and focused instead on how the case has put a spotlight on an important aspect of American labor law. If you work in [...]

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SRP heads to Washington for summit on working families

Teacher aide Priscilla Smith is headed on Monday to Washington, D.C. to be part of  the White House Summit on Working Families. Smith, an executive board member of the Frontier Central Employees Association, will share her experience as a dedicated teacher aide who loves her work supporting the educational goals of the students at Pinehurst [...]

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Spring is green – and so is chemistry


Spring is not the only thing that’s going green.  At many schools in New York, so is chemistry. And it won’t end when the seasons change. In an article in the April issue of NYSUT United, teachers shared how they are using green chemistry to reduce toxins, prevent pollution; increase safety; reduce or eliminate disposal [...]

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Fairness absent from report on attendance

A poorly constructed and researched report out this week warrants, at best, a grade of “incomplete.” At worst, the report gets an “F” for failing the test of accuracy, fairness and objectivity. The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study that purportedly looked at teacher absenteeism in 40 large urban districts during the 2012-13 [...]

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Honk if you love a bus driver!

Did you know that in New York, more than 2.3 million children ride a yellow school bus each day? And that there are 50,000 school buses in the state? Everyone knows what a school bus looks like. It’s that special color yellow, somewhere between the color of the sun and the color of a canteloupe. [...]

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