Peace moving through a mountain town

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There was a different kind of beauty in the summer night last night in the Adirondack Mountain village of Saranac Lake. It was more than the river, the July evening or the grassy park. It was a beauty that came with care, and with candles. The Saranac Lake Teachers Association, together with the social justice [...]

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‘Raising the Curve’ raises awareness about challenges in high-needs school

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Looking for an interesting summer read? Check out Raising the Curve by journalist Ron Berler. Berler spent a year as a volunteer teacher aide chronicling the challenges students and teachers face at Brookside Elementary, a high-poverty school in Norwalk, Ct. The author saw first-hand the difficulties teachers experienced as they worked to improve student test [...]

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‘Homework Hotline’ honored with excellence award

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School can be as hard for parents as it sometimes is for their children. Homework can especially be a struggle as parents – though they may be sometimes reluctant to admit it – do not always have the answers. It is a reality that some students need extra time with a teacher outside of the [...]

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Help keep the DREAM alive for our students

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The following post was written by Diana Zuckerman,  a Spanish teacher and  member of the Rondout Valley FT and SRPs,  She is editor of her union’s newsletter and serves as the Advocacy Chair for the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. How many of you are Irish? Italian? German? Dominican? How many of [...]

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Education Summer program seeks ambassadors

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Actively support and improve public education in New York, while having fun and making money this summer. Too good to be true? Not at all! NYSUT has partnered with Citizen Action and the Long Island Progressive Coalition to offer Education Summer 2015. This is an exciting 6-week voter outreach canvasing program that aims to train [...]

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Step out on Monday for wages

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The food may be fast, but the cash is not. Flipping burgers and filling drinks for fast-food chains is a starter job for some; longtime employment for others. It is a tough way to make a living. You can support these workers in several ways. The Fast Food Workers Wage Board meets Monday to hear [...]

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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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