Fight Back Friday: Ready to rally!

It’s less than 24 hours now for the One Voice United Rally. Remember to follow the action on Twitter use #rallyJune8 and check this blog for updates. The latest count has that more than 225 buses are coming from schools, colleges and office buildings across the state. So if you are coming by car, you might […]

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They will be there!


Members from the Yorktown Congress of Teachers recently received the gift of a chocolate bar from their local union. Here’s a photo of the front of a special wrapper for the candy bar. On the back is the following message: The YCT will join with our brothers and sisters from all over New York state […]

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Sherburne-Earlville TA stands against high-stakes testing

Jennifer Moore, president of the Sherburne-Earlville TA, notes her members got national attention for their stance against high-stakes testing last week. “I’ve received a number of emails from all across the country, thanking us for what we’ve done and even calling us heroes,” she said. “Some even want to buy our shirts!” You might recall […]

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So here’s the number 6.8.13 … March with us maybe?

Perhaps Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” song is one of the most parodied. Here’s another, thanks to Peter DeWitt, a principal in the Averill Park school district, and the Averill Park Teachers Association, led by Michelle Smead. You may recall Michelle Smead has also written the Top 10 reasons to rally on June 8 […]

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Fight Back Friday: Recap of anti-testing, solidarity events this week

Across the state, NYSUT locals are taking action against high-stakes tests. In rural Sherburne-Earlville, teachers wore their maroon local union shirts on Tuesday that had the message: “I care more about the people my students become than the scores on the tests they take.” Others quoted Margaret Meade: “Children must be taught how to think, […]

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Fight Back: Testing, tax cap and more

Hundreds and, possibly, thousands of your NYSUT brothers and sisters are lobbying their lawmakers in their home district offices. Above are photos from a group of southern tier activists who met with Assemblyman Chris Friend, R-Big Flats yesterday. Bonnie Strope teaches second grade in Odessa-Montour schools. She spoke against high-stakes standardized tests for students in kindergarten, […]

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I am a teacher, and I am tired

Savanna Kucerak teaches English in the Homer schools. Because she loves literature as much as she loves teaching and inspired by William Butler Yeats “The Second Coming,” she offered a poem to the “Tell It Like it Is” listening tour in Owego tonight. I am a teacher, and I am tired Tired of coming home every […]

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These are the times that test our souls

This will be one tough week for New York’s third-through-eighth-graders. Here’s a link to a New York Times article that sums up the test anxiety, with several heart-breaking examples. That news article, like others, gives short shrift to the issue that students should not be tested on what they have not been taught. It quotes […]

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Student perspective: I’m more than a test score


Editor’s note: We have the permission of the parents and the sixth-grader to reprint this letter that was sent to State Education Commissioner John King. For more on the state’s obsession with testing and to take action, visit April 8, 2013 Dear Commissioner King: I am Anna Dumas, a sixth-grade student. If you came […]

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Breaking News: Schools, students get all they need

If you believe that headline, then there’s a bridge for sale that might just interest you. Here’s just one link about how school districts in western New York and across our state are struggling to provide what students need. Yes, it’s April Fool’s Day. It’s also the start of School Library Month. Here’s a link […]

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