Button, button who’s got the button?

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When I was young, we played a game called “Button, button, who’s got the button?” We’d circle around a person in the middle, who held a button. That person would “pretend” to drop a button into our open palms, with only one person actually receiving the button. Everyone would immediately close their hands after their [...]

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Blowout response to being ‘in the crosshairs’

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Even though Hudson Falls history teacher Matt Rozell has had experience with national media coverage (ABC, CBS, Buzz Feed) of his successful classroom efforts to connect Holocaust survivors with the soldiers who freed them, he was unprepared for the blowout response to a blog he wrote about Governor Cuomo’s disdain for public education and teachers. [...]

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Ichabod Crane local gives school board an earful on testing

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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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Reliving the spirit and soul of MLK

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(NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale recently returned from Atlanta, where he participated in the AFL-CIO’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. This is his first-person account of that conference.) I was awestruck this past week at the AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Atlanta, GA., where I [...]

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Passings

NYSUT is saddened to announce the passing of Syracuse Teachers Association member Jessica A. Pereira Jan. 12. She was 28. Jessica moved from Chile to the United States when she was a child. She grew up in Central New York and taught English as a second language at Dr. Weeks Elementary School in Syracuse. Jessica [...]

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Passings

NYSUT is saddened to announce the passing of David G. Bournazian Jan. 8. David was a beloved, retired music director at Mohonasen Central School District. He is survived by his two sons, George, of Cary, N.C., and Jacob, of Washington, D.C., and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy and daughter Nadine. Contributions [...]

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NYSUT ad campaign promotes fair funding for public schools

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With just days before the start of the 2015 legislative session, NYSUT has launched an ad campaign (PDF) calling on the governor and state lawmakers to pass a budget that fairly funds all school districts in New York. The ad appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of the Albany Times Union, and the Jan. 6 [...]

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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 Pearl Harbor

The number of Pearl Harbor survivors is dwindling. Yet, that does not diminish the historical importance or solemn memory of that day, December 7, 1941, which President Roosevelt declared would be a day that “would live in infamy.” As Pearl Harbor ceremonies took place in Hawaii yesterday, NYSUT today remembers with honor and dignity the [...]

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Remembering — and fighting again — pregnancy discrimination

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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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