Fight Back Friday: Ready to rally


Across the state all year long, NYSUT members have been fighting for more funds for programs. Here’s some specifics on what locals are working on now. Today starting at 3:30 the members of the Mohonasen Teachers Association take their fight to the streets. They will be joined by a number of NYSUT locals and other […]

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Budget cuts hurt in Utica

The Utica small city schools have been up against a lot of budgetary concerns for years now. Two of the strikes against them are a declining tax base, and increasing needs to deal with an increasing immigrant population. Here’s an excerpt from that Feb. 2 Utica Observer-Dispatch article: Utica does qualify for two programs that […]

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“School is where my heart is”

I’m back after two full days in five Elmira city schools talking with dozens of teachers, parents, students and administrators about what budget cuts mean to them. It’s overwhelming because there is no way to fit everything people said onto the two pages in the May issue of NYSUT United. Good thing NYSUT has a […]

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Taxing Tuesday: a day early

It’s six weeks until most districts’ budget plans are put before for voters for consideration. I’ve submitted this week’s “Taxing Tuesday” a day early because tomorrow I’m on the road to Elmira city schools, where the small city district is considering deeper cuts to programs than last year. Yes, deeper cuts than last year, so […]

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Fight Back Friday: School Funding

People are starting to realize the impact of changing school funding into a competitive grant kind of system. In addition to the blog link we posted, here’s a link to New York One’s coverage of Wednesday’s press conference. Below is video that AQE produced. Here also is a link to a Capital Tonight interview with […]

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Students “should compete for grades, not for money”

Almost 30 lawmakers joined with NYSUT and citizen groups to oppose the proposed state budget’s competitive grant proposal. Many provided quotes in advance that you can find here. Parents were compelling and NYSUT’s Andy Pallotta drew strong support when he declared education is not a game show. The assembled citizens and  lawmakers added their voices […]

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Speaking against cuts


A week of events against how state aid cuts hurt ends today. Here’s some links to coverage from Syracuse, from New York City, from Poughkeepsie, and from Albany. Here’s a pic from Massena Here’s coverage from Rochester and from Buffalo. Let us know of any coverage we may have missed. If you have pics, email […]

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Never give up


I was in mourning for hours this morning. But now I am back. All it takes is some prodding by Andy Pallotta. That guy never gives up. This bad budget may have passed but there’s still things we can do. He vows to keep up the pressure to extend the millionaire’s tax (it doesn’t expire […]

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