Fight Back Friday: Listen to your Mother (Jones)

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video to help you gear up for the rally June 8 in Albany. I just wanted to provide a bit more background on Mary Harris “Mother” Jones quote of  “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Jones was speaking to group of […]

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Get on the rally bus: Freeport, Long Island (Updated with Sachem offer)

If you live on the southern side of Nassau County,  the president of the Freeport TA has an offer for you. “Anybody who wants a ride to the June 8 rally in Albany can come,” said Stu Napear. “They reserve a seat with $10 and they will get that $10 back when they step on […]

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They will be there!

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Members from the Yorktown Congress of Teachers recently received the gift of a chocolate bar from their local union. Here’s a photo of the front of a special wrapper for the candy bar. On the back is the following message: The YCT will join with our brothers and sisters from all over New York state […]

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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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So here’s the number 6.8.13 … March with us maybe?

Perhaps Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” song is one of the most parodied. Here’s another, thanks to Peter DeWitt, a principal in the Averill Park school district, and the Averill Park Teachers Association, led by Michelle Smead. You may recall Michelle Smead has also written the Top 10 reasons to rally on June 8 […]

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Student speaks against tests

Because of an extremely heavy-handed non-disclosure agreement teachers had to sign about recent state tests, most are not talking about them. But students didn’t have to sign any such confidentiality agreements. So many of them are talking, or writing about their testing experience. The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss posted an essay from a New York […]

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May 21 matters, as does June 8

There are only three weeks to go before voters will cast their ballots on their school budgets in all districts except Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers. The next issue of NYSUT United features an article reporting that most school budgets increase class sizes, cut programs and close buildings so they can stay […]

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