Campers oppose cuts to colleges

Among the hundreds of peaceful demonstrators at Wednesday’s Capitol Camp-in were students, parents and graduates of the state’s senior and community public colleges. They included Caitlin Kempf and Steve Moss, both students at Adirondack Community College. “It was supposed to be my senior year, but because of SUNY, I’m back at my sophomore year,” Kempf […]

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The Capitol’s ‘Million Dollar Staircase’ is now the ‘Millionaires’ Tax Staircase’

Setting the scene here at the Capitol: Organizers have renamed the Million Dollar Staircase the “Millionaires’ Tax Staircase.” There are hundreds of demonstrators from SUNY and CUNY. AQE’s Billy Easton announced that 70 large pizzas would be delivered to the Capitol at 7 pm, the largest pizza delivery in state history. He said s’mores would […]

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PSC is in the house, and on the air

The Professional Staff Congress, which is rallying at the Capitol in Albany today to protest proposed state budget cuts to the university, has launched a targeted ad campaign telling lawmakers that they should make education a priority rather than giving tax breaks to the rich. PSC represents 22,000 instructional faculty at CUNY.

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‘This is a fight worth fighting’

You could say the numbers tell the story. There’s the staggering number of teachers and SRPs at risk of losing their jobs as state lawmakers weigh $1.5 billion in cuts to education. And then there’s the close to 1,000 teachers, parents and kids who showed up Hackett Middle School in Albany on Wednesday for a rousing rally to protest the cuts to their schools.

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Time to go, but there’s more to come on tonight’s Albany rally

UPDATE 7:34 p.m. A news report from WNYT Channel 13. The takeaway: “79 percent of voters oppose proposed cuts to education.” – BT FIRST POSTED: 6:24 p.m. Albany’s Hackett Middle School was double-booked. We’ve got to leave to make room for a music program. It’s 6:24 p.m. And I will try to get some video […]

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A roomful of people to rally for Capital Region schools

5:46 p.m. I don’t know who’s talking right now but huge cheers when he says how proud he is to be here with a roomful of people who care about education. I can’t wait to read Liza’s report. He just got a standing ovation. 5:55 p.m. Billy Easton of AQE just got up. If you […]

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NY Times: Assembly will push to keep tax increase on high earners

In case you missed it, from Tuesday’s New York Times: ALBANY – The Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, said on Tuesday that Democrats in the chamber would seek passage of a budget bill that includes the renewal of a temporary income tax surcharge on high-earning New Yorkers, a proposal staunchly opposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. […]

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After so much sacrifice, why do teachers still get the blame?

New Yorkers can surely understand the frustration of Wisconsin teachers and other state workers who have already given back in salary and benefits – and are still being blamed for budget problems.

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My Favorite Photo Editor in ACTION!! You are the Best Betsy!!

Michele Bushey sent pics she took of folks lobbying Feb. 15. Michele has a great eye and I like how she took this photo: She captures Don Carlisto’s intensity as he talks about what cuts would mean in the Saranac Lake schools. She captures the image on the iPhone, and you all get to see […]

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Extra effort keeps teacher center ‘unofficially open’

Teacher centers throughout New York lost their funding in the current state budget, but several have continued to operate with the help of volunteer staffs and the cooperation of local districts. Among them is the Tioga County Teacher Center in Nichols, a Southern Tier community between Binghamton and Elmira.

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