NYSUT is conducting a survey of member educators who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community. This survey of the membership will be used internally by NYSUT. The survey may be completed anonymously - if a survey participant wishes to identify themselves, for any reason, the survey also contains that option.
The survey is intended for NYSUT members who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community, who are in active-service or retired from service, as educators, both K-12 and higher education, and school or university staff.
ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 28, 2015 — New York State United Teachers says the "test-and-punish" emphasis in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget - including a push to more than double the weight of state tests - is not research-based, would increase stress on students and rob parents, teachers and school boards of their voice in local education decisions.
NYSUT said its analysis of Cuomo's proposal shows it flies in the face of a growing body of research challenging the use of standardized tests for high-stakes decisions about teaching and learning. "The governor's irresponsible plan would hurt students by intensifying the state's fixation on standardized testing — in direct contradiction to what kids need and what parents have asked for," said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. "His 'billionaires' agenda' ignores the real needs of students. To improve upon our already strong public education system and its quality teaching force, the governor should be supporting teachers, not scapegoating them."
Magee added, "What's crystal clear is that the governor has not been listening to parents and teachers. We don't need a greater emphasis on high-stakes testing. There's no outcry to create greater incentives to 'teach to the test.' I haven't heard any parents say,...
On this raw, wintery, white-out day, you can make your voice heard and let lawmakers know that we expect them to stand up to the governor, stand with parents and educators, and defend our outstanding New York public schools!
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The governor's proposals for public education reflect a "bigfoot" approach: an attempt to centralize power over public education in Albany and strip away local control from parents and their local, democratically elected school boards.
His unfair attack on teachers is a distraction from what our students need.
Your top priorities today should be to stay safe and warm. Beyond that, take action and help us deliver the message to our state senators that we will not stand for the governor's outrageous attacks on teachers nor his attempts...