A recent poll shows New Yorkers trust teachers to do what's best for their students more than anyone else. And they should.
Our public school teachers are consistently rated among the best and most highly educated teachers in the nation. Besides earning college and graduate degrees, they must pass rigorous background checks, multiple certification exams and required training courses. They must also complete 175 hours of professional development every five years.
Few states demand as much of their public school teachers as New York does.
No wonder our state earns high marks for its exemplary teaching force, stringent standards and credentialing rules — typically ranking in the nation's top 10.
No wonder New Yorkers trust their teachers. They've earned it.
The above ad appeared in the November/December issue of Education Update and in the November 17 issue of the Legislative Gazette. The PDF version is available to download and distribute.
Photo by Joe Cantafio. "After two days of shoveling, we have a path but the street still has over four feet of snow because plows can't get through."
With six feet of snow already on the ground in the Southtowns of Buffalo and parts of the city itself - and with two to three more feet predicted in the next 24 hours - western New York is crippled by a colossal November storm that has closed I90 from Pennsylvania to Rochester.
Cars are trapped on highways. Homes are damaged from the weight of snow. Schools are closed throughout Erie County and will likely remain closed through Friday.
"NYSUT will help our members in any way we can. We will certainly expedite any requests made to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund for this emergency in western New York," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee.
Did your school, local or parent organization plan a spectacular event? Did you put up posters and flyers to announce this special celebration? Were there yummy goodies? We want to hear from you!
Tell us about it! SRP Recognition Day event photos, quotes, activities, etc. must be sent to Margaret MacCartney at email@example.com by December 18 to be eligible for prizes. Download the flyer for submission details and prize information.
More than 90 School-Related Professionals celebrated SRP Recognition Day at NYSUT headquarters Nov. 18. The NYSUT Capital District Regional Office in Albany hosted the dinner event. NYSUT Vice President Paul Pecorale, whose office oversees services for SRPs, thanked them for their professionalism and told attendees how valuable their contributions to public education are. He also encouraged continued advocacy in the fight to secure a living wage for SRP work.
Statement from NYSUT President Karen E. Magee on today's state Supreme Court ruling in "New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights v. the state of New York"
“NYSUT is extremely pleased with today's ruling denying the state's motion to dismiss this important education-funding lawsuit born from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case. Today's decision confirms what NYSUT has long maintained: When it comes to funding public education, New York state has not fulfilled its constitutional requirement to provide students with a "sound, basic education." NYSUT hopes that as a result of today's ruling, the Legislature, as it prepares for upcoming budget negotiations, will make good on the state's obligation to provide fair and equitable funding to New York state's public schools."
ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 17, 2014 - "NYSUT has been clear that students should not be subjected to over-testing or burdened with field tests that are conducted for the main purpose of benefitting test makers. We are on record supporting districts that choose to opt out of field tests. Mandatory field testing would only further the erosion of learning time and is directly counter to what parents and teachers have been saying: Students are not a test score. The state’s priorities need to be recalibrated to emphasize teaching and learning, not more standardized testing."
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.