Tomorrow, groups of parents, students, educators, administrators, unions, school board members, community organizations, civil rights groups and education advocates launch a yearlong, statewide campaign. Calling themselves Educate NY Now!, this new coalition will demand that state government fulfills New York’s constitutional obligation to provide all students with a quality education. Here’s a link to its […]

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Taxing Tuesday: Tully strategy

School budget votes are exactly one month away. This is another installment about what districts and their NYSUT locals are doing across the state to get budgets passed. Faced with having to eliminate programs for students, the Tully school board could only cut up to a certain point. On May 15 they will submit a […]

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Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES speaks out (video)

Thanks to Samantha Phillips of the Mayfield TA who alerted us to the above video. Samantha was one of a number of NYSUT activists from the Fulton-Montgomery area doing double-duty on Tuesday. First they came to Albany to meet with lawmakers to press for more state aid, and then they drove back home to rally […]

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Fight Back Friday: jobs

Reports are that the 2012-13 state budget will be done early next week. At the same time, there are reports that the state tax collections are up. Read the whole press release from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli about why caution is needed on this good news. I agree with caution, because you know what will […]

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What kind of game is this? (Updated with links)

Speaker after speaker at the Rural and Small City Advocacy Day decried the idea of turning school aid into competitive grants that pit school against school in a bizarre contest. Here’s one link from Gannet Newspapers and a brief from North Country Now. Here’s another from Your News Now. Here’s a Fox News report. A […]

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School cuts hurt

Across the state, the impact of $1.3 billion in cuts to schools is sinking in. Yesterday in Yonkers teachers rallied against the cuts. Did you know that in Yonkers none of the elementary schools have librarians? that kindergarten classes  have 30-32 kids? Man, how can we allow this to happen? Of course you can find […]

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