Equal Pay Day a union reminder

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Many of you will remember it because we’re a week away from the deadline to file income tax returns. If you’re a woman, however, you might remember it because, for all of your working life it’s been the day to mark how long you have [...]

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Union hotel workers: pride and professionalism

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Within minutes of the completion of a NYSUT luncheon attended by several hundred local presidents, a team of black-jacketed union waiters had the room at the Hilton stripped and cleaned. Among them was Luigi Camaj, working his 43rd year as a waiter – 13 years at the Hilton, where he has served as waiter for [...]

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Moral Mondays call for a fair New York

This blog post was written by NYSUT Communications intern Johnalyn Scarati, a senior at the College of Saint Rose in Albany Faith leaders and community members from all different backgrounds came together this week at the Capitol for the third Moral Monday of March. Outside the Senate Chamber, Executive Director of the New York State [...]

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Schools throw down another Winter Challenge: End GEA

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To promote tourism in upstate New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted the 2014 Winter Challenge in Lake Placid this past weekend. He brought along quite a crew: about 400 state and elected officials, staff and some people who just love the great outdoors in winter. Events included curling, ice hockey, ice skating, toboggan, alpine skiing [...]

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A book a day keeps boredom at bay

Read Across America

Tomorrow is the end of the third quarter marking period at Giffen Elementary School in Albany — but today was a day for nice surprises. Each first- and second-grader was presented with a book of their own, a box of pencils, and a cardboard “Cat in the Hat” hat to celebrate Read Across America. “It’s [...]

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Getting ready to read

Readers using Asian languages read down, following the vertical path of the letters. But, in many other places — like America — we read across. On Monday, we will be Reading Across America. It’s time for the 17th annual National Education Association’s Read Across America literacy program, held each year on March 2, Dr.Seuss’s birthday. [...]

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Professionals share experience, wisdom with students for Black History Month

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This year, Troy’s Carroll Hill Elementary School students in the Reading and Recreation After-school Club are raising money to visit landmarks in Harlem, to compliment their studies of the Harlem Renaissance for Black History Month. Last year, they learned about the Negro Basketball League and went to Cooperstown as part of that lesson. Next year, [...]

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Olympic fever in the classroom

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I just can’t help myself. I have to watch. All that fun in the snow, all that glory, all that agony. Yes, it’s the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and there is so much to learn from it, long after the Games are over. I am right there (on the couch) cheering, yelling, screaming, night after [...]

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January can deliver more than one kind of chill

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Because the weather is 25 below zero with the wind chill factor, Olean schools recently closed for two days for most students, according to math teacher and Olean Teachers Association President David Lasky. All teachers and any students taking the Regents exam had to report to school in this Cattaragaus County community, but other students [...]

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LL Cool J: Make room for Kent

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LL Cool J will be there Sunday evening, hosting the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for what the music industry calls its “biggest night of the year.” So will the nominees for best artist in dozens of categories, wrapped in surround sound and full-on glitz. While most awards aren’t announced until that night, some are selected [...]

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