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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Dont be fooled by IRS scammers

Have you received a call from the Internal Revenue Service lately? Well, ignore the chill that shot up your spine upon hearing from some authorative voice warning you that you’re under investigation. It’s a scam — one that’s been around for a few years. In fact, it’s become so prevalent that the IRS embarked on [...]

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Cuba: Contradictions created by the U.S. embargo

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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

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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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Vote for books!

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Help New York State win 100,000 free books for New York State students! All you have to do is vote for New York to win new books from First Book and Disney for children in need. You can vote as many times as you like through March 31. Schools and programs registered with First Book [...]

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Union’s plight strikes sour note as Jazz Appreciation Month approaches

Music educators across New York State may now be preparing to teach their students about one of America’s great contributions to the arts — jazz — as April, just a handful of weeks away, is Jazz Appreciation Month. The AFT’s “Share My Lesson” program has a useful curriculum that NYSUT members may use to educate [...]

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Take action today to celebrate FMLA

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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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Coalitions create opportunity

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How do you build advocacy? A coalition joins with another coalition, and so on, and so on, until you have a chain strong enough to wrap around tires and take on winter ice and snow. In the Capital Region, two coalitions met last week for their first joint event with a single goal: “To build [...]

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Vet tells his story: from Pearl Harbor to the classroom

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Nineteen-year-old Alvin Peachman was playing pingpong when he heard about the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His heart might have skipped a few beats, like a ping-pong ball skittering across the table. But it didn’t take too many heartbeats after that for him to enlist in the Navy. “We heard the [...]

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World AIDS Day: Education and treatment vital

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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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