Albany teacher highlights the economics of testing in his powerful song

Examples abound of NYSUT members who have drawn on deep wells of creativity to convey how public education is being jeopardized by the state’s overuse of standardized tests – from the video “A Message from Your Child’s Teacher” to the latest creative composition: “Stop This Madness,” a song written by teacher Jeremy Dudley, a member […]

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Rah! Rah! Rally!

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Live, from Spindle City, comes the Cohoes Marching Band! They’ll be at the NYSUT rally for education on June 8 with bass drums, clarinets, piccolos, trumpets, saxophones and a joyful mishmash of music. They have a lot of reason to be turning up the volume at the rally, as they  join the thousands clamoring for […]

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Parading out the problems

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The student marching band from Cohoes High School put on quite a show, lifting the excitement level high and loud at the Capitol in Albany today during the Parade for Public Education. The students wore crisp blue and gold band uniforms and band hats strapped on their heads. Batons, horns, drums, performance routines – they […]

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School cuts hurt in Elmira

Soon NYSUT United readers will be getting their May issues. There is a two-page spread about how school districts across the state are coping with budget cuts this year with information about the Elmira City Schools. But even with a two-page spread, sadly there’s much more to the story. The cuts are just that deep. […]

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Art and music programs go way beyond the palette and piano

When times are tough, the arts get dumped. Non-core curriculum classes – where testing is not required under NCLB – are always the first to be sacrificed. This mindset is decimating public school art and music programs, their value questioned, their very existence deemed unnecessary and frivolous. As educators, we know and understand how wrong […]

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NYC’s own PS 22 Chorus wows ‘em at the Oscars

Singing at the White House Christmas tree lighting? Check. Having more than a million views of your YouTube videos? Check. Closing the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night with a beautiful version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”? Check. Those three accomplishments are just part of the resume of union member and music teacher Gregg Breinberg from […]

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VIDEO: Musical tribute to laid-off teacher in Yonkers

Marc Pekowsky of the Yonkers Federation of Teacher posted this video to the NYSUT United Facebook page. I’ll let him explain in his own words. If you would like to see something truly heartwarming and a prime example of why we teach, check out this Youtube video to see a little girl’s wonderful tribute to […]

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