A 1 percent Hallelujah!

If you haven’t seen it yet! I embed the video for you here. Glad to be back, although I am truly not sorry to have missed so much news. Somebody has got to be penning You’re a mean one, John Boehner right now. Here’s a handy calculator to figure out how much more in taxes [...]

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A $5 billion loss for New York

Click here for the full report from Crain’s about how the supercommittee failure to strike a deal could cost New York state about $5 billion in federal funds. Click here for the Albany Times-Union’s report. Click here for reaction from our representatives in D.C. Interesting report from the National Education Association last week revealed that [...]

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What supercommittee defeat means to us

Here’s a link to one analysis about the impending failure of the supercommittee. Here’s another. This is bad news for education folks. Here’s the Washington Post take on what it means nationally. Here’s Gannett’s coverage on what the governor says will be the catastrophe in our state. It’s already a short week for many who [...]

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Tell them to fix it

Most news outlets are reporting deals are near on tax cap, public college tuition increases, rent control and same-sex marriage. “The rent regulation, property tax mandate relief bill is a complicated bill,” Cuomo told the Albany Times-Union, referring to omnibus legislation lawmakers have called “the Big Ugly.” “If it takes a little bit more time, [...]

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Wednesday wake-up call

No details here or here, but the Gov. reported the framework of a deal that he calls historic.I agree it is historic but not in any way the middle class should be happy about. If the press reports are accurate, it takes away the wishes of the majority. I am stunned that it appears the 40 [...]

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Sun shines a light, as does AQE

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AQE and coalition partners are hosting six events around the state today to kickoff the Students First Reality Tour focusing on the impact of this year’s $1.3 billion cut in state education aid. I stopped by the event in Albany this morning, and before I head to the event schedule in Troy this afternoon, I thought I’d post this video I captured of grandparent Iris Williams speaking passionately about the impact of 41 jobs lost in Schenectady.

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There is hope for more school aid

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced a bill to extend the income-tax on millionaires. Here’s his statement: Quite simply, this is a moral imperative,” Mr. Silver said in a statement. “We should not give a special handout to multimillionaires and billionaires while our children’s futures are in jeopardy.” Even if you have done it already, [...]

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Video releases Thursday (May 19)

Here’s the locations where the Alliance for Quality Education will be showing video of the impact of budget cuts on schools and higher education. Buffalo –  11am City Hall 65 Niagara Square Rochester – 11am School of the Arts 45 Prince Street Watertown- 3:15pm Cape Vincent School, Park Circle Troy- 2:00pm School 12 475 First [...]

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Committee of 100 photos

In meeting after meeting with lawmakers this week, NYSUT activists talked about the sacrifices schools are making and offered better options than cuts from pre-Kindergarten through college.

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Paying the price through sacrifice

Based on what NYSUT locals tell us, the total number of teaching and support staff positions sacrificed in those districts that have budget votes scheduled for Tuesday as well as the Big 5 is 16, 028.72. That’s huge and it breaks down like this. K-12 Teacher Layoff 10,588.24 K-12 Teacher Attrition 2,645.10 K-12 SRP Layoff [...]

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