Yorktown video: It really is about the kids

Animation is lively, colorful and engaging – and its use in a new, 30-second grassroots video, backed by the tender voices of young children, is message pure. At its heart are the voices of young students: thin, wobbly, lisping and clear as can be, explaining just what school is. Here is what they’ve learned in [...]

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What tenure, unionism meant to a blind man

The recent death of retired Poughkeepsie School District Teachers Association member Bruce Bevan raises a powerful story of tenure. A student of public schools in Hyde Park, Bevan went on to earn his B.A in Education from SUNY New Paltz and then became a teacher in Poughkeepsie. But then, in the early ’70s, he lost [...]

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Poll: New Yorkers trust NYSUT more than Cuomo

A public opinion poll is but a snapshot in time. Yet, the latest poll from the Siena Research Institute suggests that New Yorkers trust NYSUT – and teachers – over Gov. Andrew Cuomo when it comes down to supporting what all kids need. By a margin of 48-36 percent, New Yorkers said they side with [...]

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Passings

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NYSUT is saddened to announce the passing of retiree Bruce Bevan of the Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers’ Association Jan. 7 in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 80. Bruce was a strong union supporter who taught various grade-levels – from elementary to high school – over his 30-year career. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; his [...]

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All hail the button queen!

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Button, button, who has the NYSUT Respect Education button this week? Why, royalty, of course. Saranac Lake’s newly appointed 2015 Winter Carnival Queen is retired elementary teacher Linda Jackson. Jackson was chosen to serve her yearlong reign in the wintry North Country because of her longstanding generosity as a volunteer. Her duties during the two [...]

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Here’s today’s tip: Support tipped workers

After holding public meetings throughout the state, and reading letters from concerned citizens, the New York State Wage Board has issued its recommendations for tipped wage workers — your waitress, your bartender, your waiter, your hotel chambermaid — to get a raise to $7.50 an hour. The deadline is Feb. 20th to show support for [...]

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80,000 and counting

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That’s how many black, square “Respect Public Education. It works!” buttons NYSUT has ordered in response to demand. People are pinning them on their shirts, blazers, queen’s robes (yes!) ties, jackets, hats, and well, you name it. The buttons depict a small microscope, an artist’s palette and a computer – all programs being threatened or [...]

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Your homework assignment for February break

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Not one to rest on the laurels of a successful forum on community education at Lyncourt School in Syracuse earlier this week, Westhill District Education Association President Greg McCrea has assigned his colleagues with homework for the February break, calling on them to get informed, get active on social media, and speak out. It’s terrific [...]

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Button Blogging: Education advocates find inspiration in ‘Mockingbird’

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Button, button here’s who has the button this week? How about Harper Lee?!! Schalmont English teacher Sarah Mattice was in class with her ninth grade AIS (remediation) students, when one of them got up to sharpen a pencil. A newspaper was on the nearby counter. The student stopped sharpening the pencil, picked up the newspaper [...]

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Billboards call on Cuomo to listen to educators

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Gov. Cuomo is not smiling in the 14 by 48 foot NYSUT billboard on Interstate 787 south near downtown Albany.

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