How do you cut “skeleton” schools?

With a bone cutter or saw. The process is not pretty, my medical friends tell me. Skeleton schools were the image Elmira schools Superintendent Joe Hochreiter used last year to describe the cuts in that small city district. Well, Elmira is facing more cuts this year, according to this article from the Elmira Star-Gazette. As [...]

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Fight Back Friday: State budget

If you haven’t contacted your lawmakers in the Assembly or the Senate yet on the state budget, there’s no longer any time to delay. Here’s a link to a Times Union post Thursday about how pieces were starting to fall into place. School boards and administrators are putting next year’s budgets together and the news [...]

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March at a minimum today

There’s a march today from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Washington Avenue entrance of the Capitol for the 1.5 million working class New Yorkers who are thwarted from  making ends meet because they earn minimum wage. The ongoing movement to get the minimum wage increased has involved cadres of people busing to Albany, [...]

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Special ed pre-K schools in dire straits

It’s encouraging that lawmakers are getting the message and restoring many of the cuts proposed in the executive budget proposal in their one-house budgets. That is, except for preschool special education, also known as 4401 programs. Lack of funding has caused the closure of most of the 4410 programs that were run by BOCES across [...]

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A parent’s view on funding for disabled services

Danielle Chase and Diane Cornell, officers of The Resource Center United Employees Association, delivered 60 hand-written letters from adults they work with to Sen. Cathy Young of Olean yesterday. They also delivered a handful of letters from union members asking lawmakers to restore $120 million to New Yorkers with disabilities in private, non-profit agencies. Gov. Cuomo [...]

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Unionists fight for people with disabilities (updated)

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Updated with photos at 4:48 p.m. When Diane Cornell and Danielle Chase first made plans to travel to Albany all the way from Jamestown, their mission was to plead with lawmakers to restore funds cut in the proposed budget of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. The executive budget proposal cut $120 million from [...]

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Fight For Fairness Friday!

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled Fight Back Friday to remind us all why we fight. Here’s the voice of Liz Mahoney, a Moriah Central Teachers Association member, fighting for more state aid so five-year-olds can have kindergarten and the high-poverty school district can provide opportunities for all ages. I’m sorry the video is so bad, [...]

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Many voices celebrate public education

Here’s a slideshow of some of the speakers at the March 5 Parade for Public Education and just a snippet of the Cohoes Marching Band.

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#Parade4Ed asks: ‘Will you fund our schools?’

I love a parade, the tramping of feet, I love every beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade, when I hear a band I just want to stand and cheer as they come. Yes, that song is from the 1931 film Manhattan Parade. It’s in my head as I’m looking forward to the [...]

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You can help Committee of 100

Hundreds of NYSUT activists are on their way to Albany today so they can lobby at Albany tomorrow. This is the annual Committee of 100, misnamed because it’s really 600 and more. They are retirees, educators and support staff from schools, colleges and health care who take a personal days to come to Albany to lobby [...]

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