The science of yummy, the practice of Fair Trade

Plan ahead for the goblins, cheerleaders and Spidermen who come to the front door trailing leaves and opening bags in front of you to receive candy.  This year, you might choose to pass out  little brown bars of Fair Trade chocolate to the munchkins who show up on your front stoop on Oct. 31. Why [...]

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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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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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What’s next? Cafeteria quizzes?

What if students had to pass a quiz if they want to have lunch? Canandaigua students in Ontario County think that the testing situation in New York has almost become that crazy. So they created a scenario where they’re banished from the lunch line if they can’t correctly guess the meal for the day. And they [...]

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It’s time for the anti-bully pulpit

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“The Bully Effect,” a half-hour CNN documentary,  aired  Sunday night (May 5) on Cartoon Network, which helped produce the show as well. The cast of Level Up, who usually take on digital monsters, have their radar on real-life  bullies this time. Anti-bullying has now gone prime time. But even if you missed the program Sunday [...]

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VIDEO: “Voice: NYSUT Representative Assembly 2013″

“600,000 voices. One union. Our union.” The theme of NYSUT’s 41st annual Representative Assembly is “Voice.” This is the kickoff video from tonight’s opening session of the convention.

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AFT, NEA join forces in ad campaign

NYSUT’s two national affiliates — the AFT and NEA — have teamed with other national unions to sponsor a television ad aimed at the legacies of members of Congress who have disappointed working people. The message, dubbed “Remembered,” began running this week and targets Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rep. Gary Miller and Jeff Denham [...]

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‘The Bully Effect’

Bullying has become a major social justice issue, one that NYSUT and its national affiliates have put their weight behind. Now, several of the cable networks have come on board. Tonight,  ”The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special” — a production of CNN in partnership with the Cartoon Network — premieres, chronicling the journeys of a [...]

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Yorktown Congress of Teachers stands up, speaks out

Congrats to the Yorktown Congress of Teachers, led by Sean Kennedy. The local has a great website that you can check out. They do a lot for the community, recently raising $2,612 for their local food bank. (Update, make that a whopping $6,000 because after the members raised nearly $3,000 by donating tips they earned [...]

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Together we make strides (updated)

That’s the beginning of pictures from Albany’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Sunday’s walk felt like homecoming. You know you’ll see people you haven’t seen in awhile. So there’s Terri Martin and Stacy Van Cott or Regina McCormack all coming up to say hi at the NYSUT booth. Click on their names to read one [...]

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