Back to school with all the “write” classroom strategies


Editor’s note: This is the first week back to school for many students across the state. (Though, in New York City and a number of other districts, the first day of school for students is not until Sept. 9.) Regardless of when that first school bell rings, teachers have been working to get their classrooms […]

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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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Tax cap + testing regime = broken schools

New York state lawmakers said passing a tax cap in 2011 was a huge achievement. Their goal was to rein in local property taxes. “They touted the Massachusetts tax cap law,” Alan Adcock, deputy superintendent for Massapequa schools, reminded a sold-out forum of more than 1,000 participants for Public Education at the Crossroads, sponsored by […]

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Long Island Latino Teachers voice support for Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association recently voiced support for the nomination of Jenny Rivera for the New York State Court of Appeals. Rivera was recently nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a seat on the state’s highest court. Here’s LILTA’s letter of support in full. February 9, 2013 Re: Nominee New York State Court […]

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Fight Back Friday: Long Island rally

Hundreds turned out to support public education at an EducateNYnow rally on Long Island yesterday. Here are just a few pics from some of the attendees. We’ll be getting more so keep checking. Here’s a link to an article Newsday wrote about it. Interesting that we don’t get more details about the personal stories of […]

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Long Island gets ready to rally

Folks who care about their schools will rally Thursday in support of public education. The rally starts at about 4 p.m. at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Happaugue on Long Island. Organized by the coalition Educate NY Now!, the group will highlight what’s missing from schools this year; things like Advanced Placement programs, art, music and, […]

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Celebrating our schools

Next week a number of Long Island locals, most of them in Nassau county, are coordinating a number of events to draw attention to the great work of students and teachers in their schools. From April 29 through May 5, members will hand out information bulletins, make phone calls, and sponsor sports nights as well […]

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Progressive income tax support (updated with video)

There’s a new coalition on Long Island. It’s called 99newyork and it includes a wide variety of NYSUT locals, labor unions including SEIU, the Long Island Progressive  Coalition, the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizens Action and others. They held a press conference Tuesday to call attention to the so-called millionaire’s tax that is set to expire Dec. […]

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VIDEO: Rally Monday to support workers’ rights in Nassau County

Watch County workers and union leaders react to Nassau County’s anti-American proposal to break faith and tear up labor contracts. Listen as they describe the impact this will have on our community. Share it with your friends when you’re done – and get ready to rally on Monday, Oct. 17.

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