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    • In new campaign, NYSUT accelerates opposition to tax credit scheme

      ALBANY, N.Y. May 28, 2015 — New York State United Teachers today accelerated its push against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed tax giveaway to the wealthy, expanding its multi-media campaign against education tax credits to include new billboards, print and Internet advertising, social media and an expanded radio buy.

      NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said the union’s campaign will educate New Yorkers that, “Once again, the governor has his priorities all wrong. This scheme is nothing more than a gift to the millionaires and billionaires who supported his campaigns at the expense of public education. If a wealthy donor wants to give $1 million to a private school, we think that’s terrific. But why should he get a 75 percent state tax credit for doing so?”

      NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta added, “State tax dollars should not go — directly or indirectly — to private schools, which can discriminate by picking and choosing which students they accept. Our public education system serves all children. Investing in public education should be the state’s top priority.”

      Billboards along I-787 and I-90 in Albany now picture a scowling Cuomo next to the message, “Tax Credits for the Rich: Another Bad Idea.” A second billboard reminds motorists, “Invest in our schools, not giveaways to the rich.” Similar ads will appear on social media, in traditional print newspapers and on news websites through the projected end of the legislative session on June 17.

      Meanwhile, a substantial new radio campaign offers a stinging condemnation of Cuomo’s plan — with direct quotes from Albany Times Union and The New York Times editorials opposing his scheme.

      “Private schools, public tab. According to the Albany Times Union, that sums up Governor Cuomo’s latest scheme to give tax breaks to the super rich and divert funding away from public education,” the radio ad says. “It’s called the Parental Choice in Education Act, but it’s really designed to let big corporations and billionaires funnel money to elite private schools of their choosing in exchange for huge tax credits. No wonder the Times Union writes, ‘It’s a public-private partnership of the worst sort — the public pays the tab, private schools and wealthy donors reap the benefits.’ And, The New York Times warns, ‘It could cost the state more than $150 million a year. That money should be used to help almost 2.7 million public school students.’”

      The narrator concludes, “New Yorkers agree. We can’t afford another tax break for billionaires. It’s time Albany fully and fairly funded public education to help all children succeed.”

      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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      Ask lawmakers to stop the governor's latest backdoor voucher scheme!

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      "Private schools, public tab." According to the Albany Times Union, that sums up Governor Cuomo’s latest scheme to give tax breaks to the super rich and divert funding away from public education.

      It’s called the Parental Choice in Education Act, but it’s really designed to let big corporations and billionaires funnel money to elite private schools of their choosing, in exchange for huge tax credits.

      No wonder the Times Union writes, “it’s a public-private partnership of the worst sort – the public pays the tab, private schools and wealthy donors reap the benefits.”

      And the New York Times warns, “it could cost the state more than $150 million a year. That money should be used to help almost 2.7 million public school students."

      New Yorkers agree. We can’t afford yet another tax break for billionaires. It’s time Albany fully and fairly funded public education to help ALL children succeed.

    • It is Field Trip Season! Can YOU answer the following questions?
      • Where can I find sample forms to document medications supervised by unlicensed staff on field trips?
      • If a student requires a professional nurse on a field trip-can they be excluded if a nurse is not available?
      • What is the real deal with parent designees?
      • Can a school require a parent or guardian to go on a field trip in order for their child to attend?
      • What happens if a student  is not self-directed and NO NURSE, PARENT or PARENT DESIGNEE is available to go on a class trip?
      • What procedures should be followed for students who are permitted to self-carry and self-administer their own medication?
      • Does a nurse need to go on a field trip if a non self-directed student going on the trip has an order for an Epinephrine Auto-Injector or Glucagon?
      • What does the NYS Nurse Practice Act say about NYS school nurses traveling with students to other states?
      • What does a NYS school nurse need to know about Canadian field trips, eh?
      If you can answer the above questions ... you are READY for all field trips coming your way!

      If you need help with any of the above questions ... visit the Field Trip FAQ page where all the answers and sample forms await you.

      - Provided by New York Statewide School Health Services Center (NYSSHSC)

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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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