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    • NYSUT reacts to mass shooting in Florida high school

      ALBANY, N.Y. Feb. 15, 2018 — New York State United Teachers today released the following statement on the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that claimed 17 lives, shattered countless others and horrified the nation.

      NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said, “Once again, our nation grieves over a senseless act of violence and destruction in a school. We are humbled and heartened by the stories of teachers and school professionals who put their lives on the line to protect the students in their care. We share the rage of everyone asking why we must continue to endure this kind of tragedy. There is no single right answer to stopping these horrific attacks. We should be united in our commitment to ensuring that every school is a sanctuary for teaching and learning, and a safe, nurturing environment for all.”

      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.


    • Educators from 'schools of last resort' tell lawmakers: Don't forget us, don't forget our students

      Some of their students have been placed in their schools by the criminal justice system. They’re often angry, streetwise and prone to act out. Other children suffer from profound physical challenges, rendering them incapable of walking or standing. There are those with serious mental-health challenges. Some are autistic, and some are deaf.

      “We serve students that can't be educated in their local schools — kids who have bounced from one school to another. We end up being the last stop. We're really the schools of last resort,” said Roseanna Cutietta of the Hawthorne–Cedar Knolls Federation of Teachers, who, along with other NYSUT members from across the state, gathered Tuesday in Albany to advocate for New York’s Special Act, 853, 4201 and 4410 schools.

      It would be an understatement to say their job is tough.

      Sometimes, these teachers suffer physical injuries at hands of students behaving unruly. Wages, meanwhile, are much lower than those paid to educators working in traditional public school districts. At some schools, in fact, it’s not uncommon to lose staff to jobs at area fast food restaurants. Health care coverage and retirement security — if they exist at all — fall far short, as well.

      Still, the teachers and other education professionals who spoke with state lawmakers Tuesday weren’t looking for pity. Instead, they were just asking for a little help — or better yet, to not be forgotten during this year’s state budget deliberations.

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      The volunteer lobbyists presented these videos to lawmakers at the Capitol to help them understand the importance of supporting New York’s Special Act, 853, 4201 and 4410 schools.



      As they sat in a conference room on the eighth floor of the Legislative Office Building where they met with Republican state Sen. Terrence Murphy, R–Yorktown, they asked specifically for help in changing the way these special schools are funded, and in ensuring due process for staff. Later in the day, the activists also requested help from the Legislature in providing retention incentives to combat the loss of teachers — and especially teaching assistants — due to low wages.

      "In schools like ours there's such a turnover that we can't keep people employed,” said Michelle DeLaurentis of The Hallen School in New Rochelle. “When we do find people who want to come, we want them to stay. We can't offer them money, we can't offer them good benefits, we can't offer them a retirement system — so why would they want to stay? Any incentive would be great — and wonderful for that purpose."

      Because they have no taxing authority, these schools are funded through a state-government mechanism that typically lags two years behind, forcing institutions to seek hefty loans just to make payroll and keep up with escalating costs.

      “Lunacy” is the way Murphy described the existing funding method.

      “It has to be changed,” he said. “We need to fund these schools with the appropriate money for the current year.”

      Though Murphy acknowledged that fixing the mechanism is a “lift,” Cutietta said failure is not an option.

      “A teacher’s working conditions are a students' learning conditions,” she said. “And if we are not given what we need, we can't provide what's needed for our students."

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      Senator Terrence Murphy (center) poses with NYSUT activists. Photo by El-Wise Noisette.

    LTA Blog

    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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