Districts still seek NYSTRS delegates

The New York State Teacher Retirement System is still looking for delegates from school districts across the state. Delegates elect teacher members to the Retirement Board and act as NYSTRS liaisons with employees. Employers are required to oversee the election of delegates and alternates and to report results to the NYSTRS. The deadline for conducting [...]

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Learning summit on teacher eval begins

One thing the Regents have learned this year is the power and importance of listening. That’s what they’re committed to do today at the Learning Summit on Teacher and Principal Evaluation, said Regent Lester Young and Regent Tony Bottar, who set the stage for the day ahead. “We as a board are committed to real [...]

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Rally draws diverse group of vocal unionists

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All the makings of a good rally were in place: a timely, vibrant cause; a sunny day; a central location in an historic city; plenty of protest signs; music; some food trucks – and a crowd that included members of nearly 100 different unions. William Mayer, an 11-year-member of the International Union of Painters and [...]

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Smiles break out when Tanner makes the rounds

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Every other Friday during the school year, Charlie Giglio’s Latin students have a special guest greet them at their Gloversville High School classroom door. That’s when Tanner, Giglio (pronounced “JIH-leo”)’s yellow lab, comes to visit. Tanner, a former rescue dog, is now a certified therapy dog. “Tanner passed his therapy dog test. This is his [...]

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

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The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Day is today. In the capital of Armenia — Yerevan— hundreds of thousands of people will walk to the Tsitsernakaberg Genocide memorial to lay flowers at the eternal flame A NYSUT staff member, Ani Shahinian, will recall the genocide in a small ceremony at union headquarters to [...]

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Students giving back to the Earth and the amur

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Today in the Patchogue-Medford School District on Long Island,  students are taking part in their fifth annual Earth Day Film Festival. Many of them are also wearing amur leopard T-shirts, depicting an animal that is on the “Red List” of critically endangered species. Students design and sell the shirts, and the money raised will be [...]

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Trek for respect

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I would not want to be the treads on Maria DeAngelo’s sneakers. By next Monday, they will be shredded. This is a math teacher who is going to take on 150 miles of grit to ask the lawmakers and the governor, on behalf of students and teachers who have once again been slammed in legislative [...]

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Business group honors Yonkers NYSUT leader

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When Pat Puleo’s name comes up in Yonkers — in fact, in many parts of the state — the conversation is usually about the plight of working people; almost certainly about education. After all, Puleo is the longtime president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers and a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors’ Executive [...]

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Heading up the stairs

“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” ~ Vaclav Havel, former Czechoslovakian president and recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Ghandi Peace Prize. Venture is upon us, and yes, we are stepping up [...]

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Peanut butter with a side of postcards in Amsterdam

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More than 250 teachers who cannot stomach the actions of Gov. Cuomo sat down in the school cafeteria last week with a pen instead of a fork. During Superintendents Conference Day, the Amsterdam Teachers Association held what it called an “Advocacy Lunch.” It was busy. TA Co-president Rich Peters said the teachers gathered to “write [...]

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