Next #nysutchat on how budget cuts hurt

Next #nysutchat on how budget cuts hurt

Now that schools and colleges are finishing up their second month of the 2011-12 school year, folks should have some concrete, specific examples of how the budget that lawmakers approved in April is impacting students. So that’s the topic for the next Twitter Town hall. It will start at 7 p.m. this Sunday. Remember to [...]

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The case against the tax cap (with video)

On June 1, representatives from the League of Women Voters, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Alliance for Quality Educationand members of the Assembly joined NYSUT to push for the passage of a “circuit breaker,” which would give property-tax breaks to residents based on their income level. Here’s the link to more coverage from one of [...]

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Unions front and center

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NYSUT got national recognition yesterday when our own Maria Neira was sworn in to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Here’s the link to NYSUT’s press release. Truly an impressive list of people were tapped. Still deeply concerned from last night’s rally in Oneonta. First, how fantastic is it that more than 300 [...]

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You must act now

Of course  congrats to those in western New York who sent the message that people don’t want to balance the budget on the backs of senior citizens. But we have got immediate trouble. I feel like a TV salesguy, and an obnoxious one at that, but you MUST act now. You need to call your [...]

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Going backwards on pre-K

Here’s more video about how cuts to programs, like pre-kindergarten, are expected to hurt students. Brought to you by Students First: The Reality Tour

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More reports on impact of state budget cuts

Students First: The reality tour continues to draw coverage. In addition to what was posted last night, Here’s a link to report of what happened in the North Country. Here’s a link to an NPR report. Here’s an independent statewide news report. Here’s a link to report that ties together the reality tour with the [...]

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Students First: The Reality Tour

Here’s a few of the first reportings about what happened today. Here’s WNYT’s Bill Lambdin’s report about the closing of PS 12 in Troy. Here’s a blog post from the Albany Times-Union. Here’s coverage from the Buffalo event. Three pics from the Rochester event are included in the slide show above. We’ll post more, but [...]

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Coming attraction Thursday

After lawmakers approved $1.3 billion of the proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to schools, most educators I know went through four of the five stages,( denial, anger, bargainig and depression.) No one I know has gotten to acceptance. I hope no one ever does. I know we will keep fighting to restore aid to schools. [...]

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People power in Albany March 30 (with video)

It’s loose, it’s still being organized, I’m not sure  it even has a name. One group is calling it the “Non-Millionaire’s Rally to stop the worst state budget cuts.” It’s a groundswell of support from average citizens who don’t want to see programs cut. Who want to see more in our state budget for kids, [...]

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