Fight Back Friday: Contact your state lawmakers next week

For 32 school districts across the state, painful decisions must be made by Monday. In North Syracuse, which saw its budget “fail” with a 54 percent “yes” vote, the board will cut $1.4 million to get under the tax cap and thus hopefully “pass” its budget with a simple majority. You can help right this [...]

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Fight Back Friday: Join the anti-testing chorus

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We are only three weeks away from an educational travesty. Students in classrooms across New York state are going to sit for hours of tests on a curriculum that hasn’t even been taught yet. NYSUT started an on-line petition to give people who see the state’s testing obsession as harmful to children, a way to [...]

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A parent’s view on funding for disabled services

Danielle Chase and Diane Cornell, officers of The Resource Center United Employees Association, delivered 60 hand-written letters from adults they work with to Sen. Cathy Young of Olean yesterday. They also delivered a handful of letters from union members asking lawmakers to restore $120 million to New Yorkers with disabilities in private, non-profit agencies. Gov. Cuomo [...]

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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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Many voices celebrate public education

Here’s a slideshow of some of the speakers at the March 5 Parade for Public Education and just a snippet of the Cohoes Marching Band.

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#Parade4Ed asks: ‘Will you fund our schools?’

I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade, when I hear a band I just want to stand and cheer as they come. Yes, that song is from the 1931 film Manhattan Parade. It’s in my head as I’m looking forward to the [...]

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The Storm is Coming!

Update: 8:17 a.m. The Weather Channel has named the snowstorm Nemo. If you find yourself with any free time today. Phil Cleary of the North Syracuse EA is reminding his central New York colleagues this storm won’t stop a network of political action coordinators across the state as they advocate for more state aid. Sign [...]

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Fight Back Friday: You can rally in Buffalo or visit lawmakers in their districts

There’s a whole lot of political action going on. So much, that we’ll post this Fight Back Friday today. NYSUT political action coordinators and local leaders have been scheduling home office visits for today and tomorrow. Yes, hundreds converge on Albany for those Committee of 100 lobby days (March 20 and May 22) or for [...]

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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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‘Congratulations’ ad hits airwaves

The pro-public education ad created by the Schoharie Teachers Association, and funded by locals across the state, has hit the airwaves. Here’s a link to an Albany Times Union article about the ad. One thing wrong in the article is it makes it sound like it’s the first time local unions have produced commercials on [...]

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