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    • TAKE A LOOK AT TEACHING: Batavia president highlights unions and the teaching profession

      Mark Warren believes that first friendships are the best friendships.

      So when he learned that Batavia High School was offering an Introduction to Education course through its Accelerated College Enrollment program, he asked if he could speak with the students about being in the union.

      “It’s a course that isn’t always offered; this is the first time we’ve had enough student interest to run it,” said Warren, president of the Batavia Teachers Association near Rochester. He explained that full-year ACE courses are offered in conjunction with nearby Genesee Community College, and provide students with three college credits.

      “A lot of incoming educators don’t come from union households,” he said explaining that many have little or no knowledge about them, beyond negative stereotypes. “I always think ‘first friend, best friend’ when it comes to the union — I want to make sure students know what unions do for teachers.”

      After reaching out to NYSUT headquarters for background materials, Warren put together a presentation focused on the nuts and bolts of unionism, contract negotiation, pensions and health insurance and the importance of having a voice and the right to due process in the workplace.

      He was inspired to speak after learning about the statewide union’s Take a Look at Teaching initiative.

      “When I was in college I had a number of professors who discussed the role of the union in teaching,” said Warren who teaches Advanced Placement calculus at the high school. “They put the bug in my ear and I remembered.”

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      He hopes to instill the same interest in his students. He was pleased that the students asked a lot of questions during his visit, ranging from the teacher strikes across the country to teacher pensions. “They wanted to know if New York teachers are planning to go on strike and if it’s true that teachers lose two days pay if they go on strike,” said Warren. “Getting someone from the union to talk with students would work well in intro classes like this, or even clubs.”

      NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango encourages other local presidents and union activists to consider making similar presentations at their schools. “Highlighting the many benefits of teaching is a great way to encourage qualified candidates to consider the profession,” she said. “If you have the opportunity to speak about the union with your students, do it.”

      For more information about NYSUT’s Take a Look at Teaching program, visit www.nysut.org/TakeALookAtTeaching.

    • School budget revotes are Tuesday. Is your district on this list?

      Here we go again.

      All 12 districts that did not pass their budget proposals in May (some with more than 50 percent approval!) will revote Tuesday, June 18.

      Four of the school districts — Clymer, Dolgeville, Minisink Valley and Wyandanch — are forced to seek an undemocratic 60 percent supermajority as they need to exceed their tax levy cap. If they fail, they must adopt a contingency budget, a 0 percent increase from last year.

      If you're in one of these 12 school districts, do your part to spread the word about how voting this Tuesday is more important than ever before!

      Which school districts have revotes this year?

      • Owego-Apalachin
      • Ticonderoga
      • Clymer
      • Johnstown
      • Dolgeville
      • Brighton
      • Brockport
      • Minisink Valley
      • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown
      • Lansingburgh
      • Eastport-South Manor
      • Wyandanch

      Do your part!

      Stand strong for your local public schools at the polls Tuesday, June 18!

    LTA Blog

    Stand Up For What All Kids Need







    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




    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

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    Nysut Action Center Mobile App




    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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