Olympic fever in the classroom


I just can’t help myself. I have to watch. All that fun in the snow, all that glory, all that agony. Yes, it’s the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and there is so much to learn from it, long after the Games are over. I am right there (on the couch) cheering, yelling, screaming, night after […]

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North Country educators describe testing’s effects on students


North Country educators had tears in their eyes as they told stories about distraught children overwhelmed by the state’s growing obsession with standardized testing. “By the 35th day of school, I gave 40 tests to first-graders,” said Robin Jones, co-president of Elizabethtown TA. “I’m sick of it and I know the kids are sick of it.”

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North Country parents host testing forum

The Petrova Parents Club wants to shine a light on standardized testing issues. “Every spring, students and teachers spend hours and hours preparing” for standardized tests, club President Zoe Smith writes. “Student scores are a fundamental part of teacher evaluations and the testing represents a significant expense to districts. But we find parents are generally […]

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Fight Back Friday: Tell it like it is!


Facts matter. Tonight, hundreds are expected to rally in Alexandra Bay to support American workers. Starting at 5 p.m. at the village’s downtown pavillion, hundreds will express support for American jobs. NYSUT members will speak out about the economic plans that will help the middle class and working families. Congratulations to the Yonkers Federation of […]

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Celebrating School Related Professionals

Did you know that today is SRP recognition day? Here’s a shout-out for all the School-Related Professionals who make being in school safer, healthier, cleaner, more efficient, more nutritious and more educational, too.

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