Feel Good Friday: end of legislative session

School might be over but lawmakers are still in session. At least for a few more hours. Need proof that your advocacy makes a difference? There will now be a Cost-Of-Living-Adjustment increase on the direct costs associated with 853 and Special Act schools for the 2013-14 school year. These schools had not had an increase […]

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Help Sachem. Use the MAC Thursday


As a high school sophomore and co-president of the class of 2015, Kyle Kilkenny knows his future is in the hands of state lawmakers. While the Sachem district on Long Island has previously been able to keep a wide variety of programs, including full-day kindergarten, Advanced Placement courses and most sports and clubs, the district […]

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Stay Safe Friday

Don’t get caught in the blizzard. The Weather Channel is saying 5 to 7 foot drifts are likely. NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta went to New York City early this morning to testify with the UUP President Phil Smith and Dr. Karen Benker of the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health about how critical […]

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Fight Back Friday: You matter

So we have a proposed state budget. If it were approved unchanged, exactly 517 districts would get an increase in state aid and 159 school districts would get a decrease. For most, the increase would not be the 4.4 touted in a lot of press reports. If left unchanged, the average increase would be a […]

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Fight Back Friday: Busy people save time with MAC app

People are busier than ever. Loa Noyd, a music teacher and member of the Hancock Teachers Association, and I have spent weeks trying to find 30 uninterrupted minutes for an interview about her students performing at Carnegie Hall.  Thank goodness for a school holiday, so now the plan is to talk Monday morning. Dozens of […]

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May 15 matters

We are now eight weeks away from the day most school districts vote on local schools budgets. (Voters in New York City and other large-city schools do not vote on school budgets: Their common councils set those budgets.) Most school districts have set out a first draft of a budget and now await what state […]

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