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    • State test results are 'virtually meaningless'

      ALBANY, N.Y. Aug. 22, 2017 — New York State United Teachers said state test scores released today are “virtually meaningless.”

      “They don’t count for students or teachers — and they shouldn’t count. They are derived from a broken testing system; are rooted in standards that are no longer being taught; and — for now — are the foundation of a totally discredited teacher evaluation system,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “The test-and-punish era damaged the trust and confidence of parents in our public education system, as evidenced by the continuing strength of the opt-out movement, and we believe dramatic changes are needed to win them back.”

      Pallotta said the state must repeal its unreliable and unfair teacher evaluation system. Lawmakers and the Regents, he said, “must listen carefully to educators and parents, and adopt a fair evaluation system that totally decouples teachers’ evaluations from student test scores; respects the wishes of local school boards and educators through collective bargaining; and reflects the teaching and learning experiences that parents, teachers and students want stressed in their own individual schools.”

      NYSUT, he noted, has long argued that student test results should be used for their intended purposes — to provide a look at the “big picture” and, at the school level, to guide instruction and help teachers better serve their students.

      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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    • SEMI High Tech U kicks off 10th year with NYSUT
      LATHAM, N.Y. Aug. 21, 2017 — Dozens of Capital District STEM educators will become students this week as they take part in a two-day program that provides industry-led, hands-on activities and curriculum focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

      SEMI High Tech U will be held at New York State United Teachers headquarters Tuesday and Wednesday and will also include a tour of SUNY’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering for an up-close look at how relevant STEM skills are utilized in a high-tech workplace. The High Tech U curriculum — which features instruction from industry professionals — is designed to be brought back to local classrooms this fall.

      This week’s program marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between NYSUT and the SEMI Foundation. More than 600 New York State educators have taken part since 2007; nearly 40 teachers will participate this week.

      “This has been an incredibly fruitful partnership,” said NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta. “Teachers never stop learning and NYSUT is proud to offer this well-regarded, proven professional development opportunity to so many of our members.”

      The 10-year anniversary will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday with a reception at NYSUT recognizing industry instructors from Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor and Global Foundries, supporters of the program this year.

      “For a decade, the SEMI Foundation and NYSUT have teamed up to help ensure that many of our members receive the most cutting-edge instruction from industry professionals,” said union Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango. “And the best part is that their students are the beneficiaries.”

      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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