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    • VIDEO: Abraham joins AFT delegation to visit and support schools in Puerto Rico

      Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham recently joined a delegation of AFT executive council members to visit a public school in San Juan and listen to students and teachers talk about the challenges they are still dealing with after Hurricane Maria.

      Council members also created "care closets" with basic-need items for 14 schools — made possible in part by your contributions to NYSUT's Disaster Relief Fund. The fund provided $10,000 for First Book in the Virgin Islands, $10,000 for the Puerto Rico TA to fund grants to members, and $30,000 for Operation Agua in PR and VI.

      Abraham said many people are still without electricity and water, and lack “even the most basic hygiene products, underwear, socks, T-shirts or books.” 

      Here’s a video from the trip.

    • At least 29 NYSUT members elected to school boards statewide

      ALBANY, N.Y. May 16, 2018 — Voters put their trust in educators to help run their local public schools, newly electing at least 29 members of New York State United Teachers to school boards across the state. Countless other NYSUT members are already serving on school boards.

      “No one knows better what works in the classroom – and what students need in order to thrive – than their teachers,” said NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta. “We are thrilled that, across the state, so many teachers will be serving students and their communities by making policy on school boards.”

      Tuesday’s elections are the latest to bear fruit for NYSUT’s “Pipeline Project,” which has encouraged, trained and helped elect more than 100 educators to public office over the last four years, including the state Assembly, county legislatures and local school boards. NYSUT and its local unions were involved in more than 200 races on Tuesday, sending out tens of thousands of postcards and mailers and making more than 50,000 phone calls on behalf of endorsed school board candidates.

      At a time when the New York State School Boards Association appears out of step with many of its members — raising bogus concerns about legislation to reduce the testing burden on students and fix the state’s teacher evaluation system — Pallotta said that electing front-line educators to school boards is vital.

      “Teachers have the best interests of students at heart,” Pallotta said. “They are demanding an end to a flawed evaluation system that overemphasizes standardized testing and misuses fill-in-the-bubble tests to rank and sort teachers. They want more local control and a return to the days when schools could focus on teaching and learning, not endless test preparation. As new members of school boards, these educators will be able to use their voices to help develop fair and meaningful performance review systems that reduce testing.”

      Under state Education Law, teachers are prohibited from serving on school boards in the districts in which they are employed but may serve in communities where they live but do not teach. There is no restriction for retirees.

      New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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    Stand Up For What All Kids Need

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    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for 2015-2016 lays out a punishing anti-public education agenda that attacks teachers and hurts students.

    Rather than provide what all kids need, the governor is pushing a Billionaires' Agenda that would decimate the state's public schools. His "my-way-or-the-highway" budget would:

    • hold school aid increases hostage;
    • woefully underfund the state's K-12 and higher education systems;
    • more than double the weight of standardized tests;
    • make permanent an undemocratic tax cap that has wreaked financial havoc on school communities;
    • eliminate funding for teacher training;
    • launch a back-door voucher plan that would siphon funding away from schools most in need;
    • underfund public higher education by tying funding to campus "performance" rather than enrollment;
    • smooth the way for the privatization of SUNY's five hospitals;
    • destroy prep programs for future teachers;
    • and fail to fully address the student debt crisis.

    Simply put, Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget - which serves the interests of his billionaire backers - is an attack on public education that fails to address what all students need.

    Things you can do right now to fight back.

    Every NYSUT member is needed to defend public education and the teaching profession from Gov. Cuomo's Billionaires' Agenda.

    Tell the governor to stop scapegoating... stop teacher bashing and focus on what #AllKidsNeed.

    Here's your to-do list.

    Take action on this week's campaigns.

    The latest actions will always be right here in the No. 1 spot.

    Call your state senator. Now.

    • Stop what you're doing and call your state senator with this message: stand up to the Governor's "Bigfoot" tactics and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
    • You can look up the number at the NYSUT Member Action Center.

    Sign up for MAC text alerts!

    Take 10 seconds and sign up for MAC text alerts on your phone!

    Here's how: Text the word "NYSUT" to the contact number 38470.

    Sign the petitions.

    Call out the governor.

    • Invite the governor to visit your class to learn what #AllKidsNeed. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include his Twitter handle @NYGovCuomo and the hashtag #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
    • Not on Twitter? See step 8.

    Get connected to the MAC.

    • BY TEXT. Get real-time text messages about urgent news and actions by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
    • BY EMAIL. Subscribe to the NYSUT Member Action Center email alerts for updates on this campaign. If you're registered via email as a NYSUT MAC e-activist you'll also be the first to know about upcoming rallies, protests and more.
    • BY APP. Download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone. Be sure notifications are enabled to receive alerts on new action items.

    Get connected on Facebook.

    Get connected on Twitter.

    • Join Twitter and follow @NYSUT to be part of the social media army.
    • Once a day (or as often as possible) tweet your thoughts on what #AllKidsNeed - more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. We're reminding the governor to focus on what matters! Follow the conversation in real-time for some great examples from parents and educators.

    Share the poster.

    Wear the button.

    Take part in community forums.

    • Keep an eye on nysut.org/allkidsneed for information on upcoming NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums to Save Public Education in every region of the state.

    Talk it up.

    • Get the conversation going - online and offline. Read "Where We Stand" and use it to craft social media messages, send letters to the editor, and brief friends and colleagues.
    • Circulate and share print materials and videos.

    Support "Take Action Tuesday."

    • Mark your calendar to support NYSUT's "Take Action Tuesday" every week. Be on the lookout for updates.

    Learn more at www.nysut.org/allkidsneed.

     

    Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:10)

     

    Member Alert Program

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    There are so many member benefits, that it can be hard to keep track of them all.
    The NYSUT Member Benefits MAP (Member Alert Program) email blast service keeps you informed through a brief email message every three weeks.
    You can join MAP on the NYSUT website, at http://www.nysut.org/49.htm

    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:58)

     

    Nysut Action Center Mobile App

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    NYSUT action center now has an app for smartphones that makes it very easy to take action. It is available in the app store for free.



    Last Updated (Friday, 15 November 2013 16:38)

     
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