Fight Back Friday: Caucus weekend

Since a long weekend may be in store for many of you, and perhaps even a whole week off for others, here are several ways you can fight back with the extra time President’s Day Week provides. Today marks the beginning of the 42 annual conference of the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. […]

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Support BOCES today

BOCES students, teachers, superintendents, parents and, I hear, even some business owners are at the state Capitol today. They will ask lawmakers to put $203 million from the Fiscal Stabilization Fund into what’s known as “foundation aid.” That’s the general operating dollars that is built into the base of funding that districts can depend on each […]

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The Storm is Coming!

Update: 8:17 a.m. The Weather Channel has named the snowstorm Nemo. If you find yourself with any free time today. Phil Cleary of the North Syracuse EA is reminding his central New York colleagues this storm won’t stop a network of political action coordinators across the state as they advocate for more state aid. Sign […]

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Fight Back Friday: Fair funding

NYSUT members are gearing up to visit lawmakers in their offices next week. This is after they do their jobs all day. You can support your sisters and brothers as they advocate for what our schools, campuses and communities need. Write or call your lawmaker on any, or all, of the issues outlined below. Remember, […]

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Olean rallies to educate every child

Above is a slideshow of the nearly 200 parents, teachers, students and community members who rallied on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here’s a link to the YNN coverage. Please note you may need to be a Time Warner cable subscriber to view the video. Here’s a link to the Olean Times Herald report. Here’s […]

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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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Call 888-659-9401 today to save schools, Social Security & more

Today is a day the AFL-CIO, SEIU, the Campaign for America’s Future and thousands of Americans across the country are urging members to call Congress about the fiscal cliff. When you dial that number you will be prompted to press 1 for the House of Representative or 2 for the U.S. Senate. It’s important to […]

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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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Let freedom ring!

As the Fourth of July approaches, let us remember all we are grateful for in this country, and let us pledge to help protect all we are grateful for. Here’s a few ideas: Thank a veteran for your freedom. Don’t litter. Recycle. Help out  a political campaign through time or money. Take action on issues […]

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