Vote like their future depends on it — because it does

Clarisse Banks' daughter Nia on Election Day in 2008.

I must admit, at this point, I’m experiencing a bit of election fatigue. I’ve listened through three presidential debates, one debate of the candidates for vice president and countless hours of cable news pundits dissecting every single word uttered in said debates. I’ve easily read millions of words of editorial copy regarding the elections — […]

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In defense of teaching

in defense of teaching

Michael Mosall, president of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Teachers Association in Saratoga County, was fed up with the teacher bashing that was pervasive in society a few years ago and, unfortunately, still exists in some quarters. To counter the critics and their unfounded myths, Mosall created “In Defense of Teaching,” a research document and Facebook […]

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It’s all about the Supreme Court

(The following was written by NYSUT retiree Linda Ulrich-Hagner for the AFT blog, Schoolhouse Voices.) I’ve always been a history buff on how government works and always encouraged my students to be participants in the political process. My principal used to say: “She thinks she’s teaching social studies.” My teaching discipline was home economics (family […]

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Today’s the day: Register to vote

Melissa Servant. NYSUT Political Action Committee SD 41 and Wallkill TA member with NYSUT-endorsed candidate for NYS Senate Chris Eachus. Photo provided.

The first presidential debate for the 2016 presidential election is now fodder for workplace hallways, social media, college debates, fact checkers and café conversations. The words that will matter the most, however, are the names on the ballot on Nov. 8. Today is National Voter Registration Day. Hundreds of events are taking place in libraries, […]

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A report from the campaign trail

Kathleen Graham Kelly, a retired NYSUT staffer and one-time member of the Niskayuna (Schenectady County) Teachers Association, is in Orlando as a volunteer for the Working America Coalition, an AFL-CIO political action committee. Working alongside Eric Metzer, a retired UFT chapter leader, and Doug Matousek, a retired NYSUT labor relations specialist, Kelly is canvassing on […]

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One little person CAN make a difference

Kathleen Graham Kelly, a retired NYSUT staffer and one-time member of the Niskayuna (Schenectady County) Teachers Association, is in Orlando as a volunteer for the Working America Coalition, an AFL-CIO political action committee. Working alongside Eric Metzer, a retired UFT chapter leader, and Doug Matousek, a retired NYSUT labor relations specialist, Kelly is canvassing on […]

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Retiree pays musical tribute to colleagues

Physical education teacher Mike DeAngelis may have retired in June but, to his former colleagues at Bethlehem Central School District, near Albany, he was there in spirit for the 2016-17 staff opening day in August. The Bethlehem Central Teachers Association retiree wrote and recorded the song, “I am an Eagle,” to help educators kick off […]

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Magee, panel agree: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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NYSUT President Karen Magee joined other education experts Thursday morning at the Albany Business Review’s Education Power Breakfast. Guests descended upon the historic Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, Schenectady County, for coffee, pastries and, of course, a discussion of pressing educational issues. Moderator Mike DeMasi, a senior reporter from the Albany Business Review, turned first to […]

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Joseph Sweeny: His members were foremost on his mind

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From a gurney in the emergency room at Buffalo General Hospital on May 6, Joe Sweeny wanted to make sure his longtime companion Mary Ellen Decker did not forget … the NYSUT tickets to a May 9th fundraiser for John Plumb. “I asked him if he knew where he was, and he said he knew […]

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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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