Fort Plain, NY needs your help

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Give to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund Apply for NYSUT Disaster Relief Here are a few photos of what the Otsquago Creek looked like just a few weeks ago. “It’s been a tough 10 days here, but the generosity and the help we are getting is what keeps us going,” said Pat Hanifin, president of [...]

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Basking in the moment (updated)

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Rain falls here in the Capital Region (again) today, as across most of the state. But, thanks to Linda Yankowski, a teaching assistant and member of the Hyde Park United Employees Association, it’s all sunshine here at NYSUT. At 10:06 Sunday night, Linda sent us this email: I was one of those 10,000 that attended [...]

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Fair elections now!

Here’s one link to coverage of the rally to push campaign finance reform today. We’ve also posted some video and photographs – and the Labor Religion Coalition has photos, too. (Yes, I thought I was shooting video of NYSUT Executive President Andy Pallotta when he was speaking. Instead it was a photo!) Oh well, lucky [...]

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Feel Good Friday: Vote May 21

You hold the future of hundreds of thousands of students across our state. On Tuesday, you get to say whether their school budgets should pass or fail. In so many communities, there are many feel good events (regardless of what some politicians might be telling you.) Here’s photo gallery of just one school district’s efforts [...]

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Another apple; another story

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This time of year the apple trees are stunning. Delicate, paper-like pink flowers crown the crooked branches in a halo of soft color. Once the blossoms drop, it is time for farm workers to sort out the branches of the apple trees to make more room for the apples to receive the sun, and to [...]

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Sherburne-Earlville TA stands against high-stakes testing

Jennifer Moore, president of the Sherburne-Earlville TA, notes her members got national attention for their stance against high-stakes testing last week. “I’ve received a number of emails from all across the country, thanking us for what we’ve done and even calling us heroes,” she said. “Some even want to buy our shirts!” You might recall [...]

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Fight Back: Testing, tax cap and more

Hundreds and, possibly, thousands of your NYSUT brothers and sisters are lobbying their lawmakers in their home district offices. Above are photos from a group of southern tier activists who met with Assemblyman Chris Friend, R-Big Flats yesterday. Bonnie Strope teaches second grade in Odessa-Montour schools. She spoke against high-stakes standardized tests for students in kindergarten, [...]

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North Country educators describe testing’s effects on students

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North Country educators had tears in their eyes as they told stories about distraught children overwhelmed by the state’s growing obsession with standardized testing. “By the 35th day of school, I gave 40 tests to first-graders,” said Robin Jones, co-president of Elizabethtown TA. “I’m sick of it and I know the kids are sick of it.”

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Unionists fight for people with disabilities (updated)

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Updated with photos at 4:48 p.m. When Diane Cornell and Danielle Chase first made plans to travel to Albany all the way from Jamestown, their mission was to plead with lawmakers to restore funds cut in the proposed budget of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. The executive budget proposal cut $120 million from [...]

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Fight For Fairness Friday!

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Fight Back Friday to remind us all why we fight. Here’s the voice of Liz Mahoney, a Moriah Central Teachers Association member, fighting for more state aid so five-year-olds can have kindergarten and the high-poverty school district can provide opportunities for all ages. I’m sorry the video is so bad, [...]

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