How Chicago teachers are fighting for students


How does the Chicago teachers’ struggle for a fair contract help students? Just ask Chicago’s “Teacher X,” who recently took issue with schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard’s assertion that “a strike would only hurt kids.” When you make me cram 30-50 kids in my classroom with no air conditioning so that temperatures hit 96 degrees, that […]

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A spontaneous and heartfelt ‘thank you’


His nametag says: “Tom;” his full name is Thongchai Saibuddhabun. As one of the Hilton staff providing exemplary service at the opening lunch for NYSUT’s Local Presidents’ Conference, Tom is a proud member of Local 6 of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO. Before lunch started, Tom hesitantly inquired if he might […]

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When will teachers follow the lead of Wall Street…

…and start making some sacrifices for children? That’s the question Jon Stewart asked last night. Go to to be reminded of the “debate” why the Bush-era tax cuts could not be extended for those making more than $250,000. But let’s stick it to the average Wisconsin teacher who makes $51,000. The Daily Show With […]

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Jon Stewart: ‘Pish, posh, piffle’

Jon Stewart — as only Jon Stewart can — delivered a hilarious “Message to teachers” on The Daily Show Monday night. I won’t spoil the fun. You need to watch for yourself. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Crisis in Dairyland – Message for Teachers Daily Show Full […]

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Teachable moments: It’s what we do

Ever hear of ice circles? They’re actually rare. And when they started swirling around in a creek outside Zena Elementary School in Kingston, educators took advantage of the true “teachable moment.”

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Join the ‘Education Nation’ conversation

Several NYSUT members were in the house Sunday as NBC kicked off its week-long “Education Nation” coverage with a two-hour teacher town hall in Rockefeller Plaza. If you missed it or want to see it again, the complete video is at What did you think? Comment here – and join the Education Nation conversation […]

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