Look to lobby on Leap Day

As I write this, the Canton community is gearing up for the drive down to Albany next week. There’s a meeting tonight organized after word got out about the massive cuts to programs the district is facing. Canton is one of nearly 30 school districts across the state sending at least one busload of folks […]

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Busy week ahead

Hope we all got a good rest because it’s a busy week ahead. Yes, the deadline looms this week for an agreement on teacher evaluation. Here’s an interesting take on New York City’s negotiations from the elected public advocate. This week, NYSUT will release a video about the impact of a pension on one teaching […]

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Solidarity in Syracuse

Across the state there are school districts working together. Syracuse is one of them and Friday morning is a great example. Starting at 8:30 a.m. the union joins with district administrators, Say YES to education and Syracuse 20/20. Together the groups will tell their elected lawmakers, both city and state, why the Syracuse schools need […]

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Who are our children’s lobbyists?

The New York City Parents Union has started a petition to remind certain lawmakers that parents have been lobbying for their childrens’ needs for a long time. NYSUT is encouraging members to sign the petition. The group welcomes anyone to the fight for quality public education. You can learn more about this group and its fight […]

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Think, and look, ahead: Invest in higher ed

What a week! Rallies, rallies everywhere. Over 400, including folk singer Pete Seeger, at the mid-Hudson rally and between 200-400 in Syracuse depending who you read. WOW! We’re putting up photo galleries as fast as we can. We see the support for public employees at rallies and in the polls. There are now four national polls […]

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More on BOCES impact

Patrick McCarthy and Laurie Silver of the Sullivan County BOCES Teachers Association told lawmakers about a further loss of programs and services if the Governor’s proposed Executive Budget passes. Here’s some pics of the group lobbying. “We’ll have less people in direct contact with students, the most needy students,” said Silver, who, along with McCarthy, teaches special education. […]

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What tax cap means to one rural school

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Middleburgh schools are the fifth largest geographical district in New York state. It’s a “high-needs district” based on income, and one of many small towns trying to improve its business climate. The union, led by President Jon Derochie, has worked with administration to save money by switching health insurance plans and increasing contributions. “The 2% tax […]

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