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NYSUT Member Briefing - Mar. 12, 2021

‘My Kids’ message says it all in new ad campaign

NYSUT launched a $1 million statewide television and digital advertising campaign this week drawing attention to the critical safety guidelines that schools need to follow as they reopen more classrooms for in-person learning.

Give credit where it’s due, but the push for tax revenue continues

The American Rescue Plan passed by Congress this week delivers $100 billion to New York for a variety of programs and services, including $9 billion for p-12 schools and $2.6 billion for public higher ed. It is the second biggest stimulus package in our nation’s history.

“Now it’s up to Albany to deliver a state budget that uses federal funding to supplement, not supplant, state support for education and helps us Fund our Future,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “It’s still imperative that the state ask the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share in taxes to provide stability in the years to come.”

Take action at the MAC to tweet thanks to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his leadership.

Take a Look at Teaching event highlights power of partnerships

Hundreds of educators, policymakers and community members gathered for an online conference this week on how partnerships can boost the recruitment and retention of new teachers and improve diversity in the education workforce.


More news

  • Grants up to $1,000 will soon be available for essential workers, including educators, to help cover childcare costs during the pandemic. Details on how to apply are still to come, but the non-competitive grants will be distributed on a first-come basis to qualifying families (with income up to $125,470 for a family of four). You can call the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund Hotline at 844-679-3369 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday). Or, sign up to be notified — in English or Spanish — when more details about the application process are available. The application process is overseen by the state Office of Children and Family Services.
  • To help answer questions about students opting out of standardized tests, we've updated our opt-out fact sheets for parents and teachers on test refusal rights.
  • Join us online March 18 for a Women's History Month screening of "9 to 5: The Story of a Movement" and a panel discussion. Register here.
  • Why are women missing from history curricula and how can we change that? Don't miss the next #NYSUTChat on Twitter at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 21 with discussion moderated by NYSUT's Jolene DiBrango, UFT’s Janella Hinds and Jackie Stapleton of WSKG Public Media. Here's DiBrango's blog on the topic.
  • The deadline is May 17 for NYSUT’s new virtual arts showcase. Teachers may submit up to five student entries in music, theater, dance, visual and media arts.
  • The Many Threads, One Fabric initiative plans a professional development webinar for March 18.
  • More than 5,000 NYSUT members have taken our free student debt webinars. You can still sign up online for upcoming dates.
  • DemocracyReady NY continues its free webinar series on civic education Tuesdays in March.
  • Check out the NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Learning Center, powered by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, for new articles about selecting the best value in tax planning software and more. 
  • The educators’ expense tax deduction now includes PPE and other COVID-related expenses. Also, new charitable giving tax incentives help charitable organizations like the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund. And don’t forget, if you itemize, you can deduct union dues from New York state taxable income.
  • Educator’s Voice, NYSUT’s professional journal, has re-issued its call for article proposals for the 2022 edition. The focus is on Leveraging Student Strengths through Project-Based Learning and Authentic Assessment. Deadline is April 1.


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