Is there a lesson to be learned?

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It’s late Wednesday night and state lawmakers are passing a number of bills, including pension reform. Details are coming out in dribs and drabs. While most of this legislation impacts the state budget, the actual state budget is still out there, awaiting passage. For a personal perspective on what state budget cuts mean, meet Casey [...]

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Students lobby for their schools

Above are the videos and photos  from today’s Education Lobby Day sponsored by the Alliance for Quality Education. Here’s one link to coverage. Here’s another, which puts high up how a group of Watkins Glens students raised $800 to make the trip.  Compare that to this report, where the New York City mayor notes he had [...]

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Weekend recap (updated with photos)

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Here’s a slideshow of photos taken at Friday’s rally-vigil in Buffalo. Here’s one headline from the event. You can also check out the conversation on Twitter using the #educateWNY tag. And here’s video from YNN. Reports are coming in about office visits in legislative districts. Very good responses and it sounds like lawmakers are listening [...]

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Small city and rural school forum pictures

Finally, here’s photos from the Wednesday forum. Thanks for your patience. Remember, you can support the efforts of those lobbying in Albany through NYSUT’s Member Action Center.

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So #educateme

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Dr. John Sipple of the state Center for Rural Schools and a Cornell University professor was the keynote speaker at today’s Small City and Rural Schools Advocacy Day in Albany. He laid out, with charts and figures, the dire straits of the high-need districts across the state. You can find a lot of those charts and [...]

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In memory of Judith Rudman

Long-time activist Judith E. Rudman passed away at her home on Long Island over the weekend. She was 89. She was born in Syracuse and raised in the Bronx. A Hunter College graduate, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Call me “Judy” she would say, although she did prefer “Judith” in [...]

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Setting the record straight on teacher evaluations

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We’ve filed two updates to our website on teacher evaluation in New York state to specifically address NYSUT’s recent settlement with the State Education Department. First up: an exhaustive listing of answers to your Frequently Asked Questions on the many components of the new evaluation process. NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services team produced the Q&A [...]

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VIDEO: Spreading the good word about New York’s public schools

This is a television commercial created by the Schoharie Teachers Association as part of a grassroots campaign to spread the good word about New York’s public schools. It will air in the Capital Region shortly after winter break. Why did they produce it? Because they were sick of hearing that New York schools are 38th [...]

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Hershey melts (a little bit)

Above is the slideshow of just a few of the thousands of Valentine’s Day cards students across the state have created for Hershey One students wrote: “I write you this letter to tell you to have a heart. What I mean by that is to stop child labor. Your company is the only company that [...]

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Fairness for all

It’s not baseball season, but Michael Mulgrew threw his pitch to lawmakers today. Here’s some video so you can hear it for yourself, and pictures of the variety of UFT members and NYSUT officers who met with lawmakers to talk about what schools in New York City need. (Sorry about the lighting in a lot [...]

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