President Obama to propose “millionaire’s tax”

Happy Monday! Last night I caught a bit of national news that was verified this morning. Here’s a link to the New York Times piece spelling out that President Obama will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the […]

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We the People

I am tired and cranky that I am stuck behind a desk instead of with a group of NYSUT volunteers helping out in Middleburgh today. Sure as it’s Friday, I know there is going to be yet another article about how the rich are getting richer, or the painful debate about how national health care […]

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If cuts hurt, tell somebody!

Microsoft Word – Budget Cuts Rally SYC flyer 9.22.11-7.docx

Citizen Action and the Alliance for Quality Education are sponsoring a number of events statewide next week. Here’s a link to a preliminary list of events. Here’s a link to coverage of an event in Massena. I love the theme of the Massena event, “Don’t Turn Out the Lights on Education.” They hope to fill […]

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Act now to get jobs

The President sends his jobs bill to Congress tonight. You can help get this bill passed by sending a letter to your lawmaker. Here’s a link to NYSUT’s letters to support the American Jobs Act. The American Federation of Teachers has started a page for people to say what kinds of jobs they would like […]

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Oh what a gap there is


Last night on one television channell I watched parts of the GOP presidential debate. On another channel I watched the Your Help Counts telethon to benefit the American Red Cross. On one channel I heard a candidate to be president of our country say taxes are too high on millionaires, billionaires and corporations and that […]

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Sad, sad numbers (updated)

Here’s the breakdown statewide that gets you to 7,667.87 workers who have been laid off from their jobs in public education, 5,660.19 pre-Kindergarten -12th-grade teachers 1,939.68 School-Related Professionals and 68 community college faculty Those figures are based on various reports from school districts and they continue to change change. Let’s not forget, those layoff numbers […]

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Send us your summer school stories

Summer school is not in session for a number of districts across the state. This is perhaps the first impact of the $1.3 billion budget cut on students. As an education reporter, I’ve covered many a summer school session. I’ve seen amazing teachers with lessons that work to give students who are at risk of […]

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The truth, nothing but the truth

Here’s all the facts you could ever want about funding in our country, courtesy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) speech on June 27 at the U.S. Senate. Mr. President, this is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. In the coming days and weeks, decisions will be made about our national budget that […]

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Heat takes toll on kids and classrooms

You can’t get any more real than this item from Wendy Hord, NYSUT’s health and safety specialist, who has been tracking situations around the state related to unsafe heat levels in  schools. One member e-mailed: “If you leave an animal in conditions of extreme heat, you can be arrested. But it’s okay for a child […]

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Last day of school

It’s truly the last day of school this week for many across the state. My nieces and nephew went to Schalmont schools in Schenectady county. Two of the elementary schools closed to kids yesterday. Today and tomorrow staff are boxing up materials. When we started working on slide show for the candlelight vigil, we wanted […]

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