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NYSUT Member Briefing - Oct. 29, 2021

VOTE YES on ballot proposals 1, 3 and 4

NYSUT strongly supports three of the five statewide ballot proposals voters will consider at the polls. If enacted, proposals 1, 3 and 4 would improve the state’s redistricting process, make it easier for voters to use absentee ballots, and eliminate the 10-day voter registration requirement.

Election day is Nov. 2. Early voting continues through Oct. 31. Contact your local board of elections for locations and times.

The general election features mostly local races this year, and 20 candidates from NYSUT’s Pipeline Program are on ballots all over the state. Local unions can be the difference when members turn out to support candidates who share our values.

NYSUT Cares initiative goes to after-school café

NYSUT volunteers served up homework help and healthy food this week at Albany’s South End Community Cafe. "NYSUT Cares is to show we're part of the community," said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta, shown above with NYSUT Social Justice Director Wayne White and other volunteers at the after-school program. The South End Cafe relies heavily on the dedication of an army of volunteers, including many educators in the community.

State test scores reveal low participation rate during pandemic

SED released 3-8 state test scores in math and ELA this week, and NYSUT says that with only 40 percent of students participating, the data must not be used to create a false narrative about students’ hard work during an unprecedented time. The state made the most of a bad situation last year, the union said in a statement, rightly scaling back exams to limit stress on students while still meeting federal testing requirements. Educators have widely agreed that the “data” was never going to be useful for helping them tailor teaching to student needs.


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  • President Pallotta’s WAMC commentary calls for spending federal and state funds to give students the support they need during this pandemic. “All students should have access to trained health and mental health care professionals throughout the school day,” he said. “Because the truth is, in a post-covid world, those services are needed now more than ever.”
  • NYSUT submitted testimony to the state Senate higher ed committee this week on Quality, Equity and Affordability in Higher Education through the Pandemic. While funding remains a critical need, it said, this year, because of COVID-19, “the actual healthy and safety of our students, members, and the higher education community has become paramount.”
  • Visit NYSUT’s SRP Recognition Day web page for promotional tips, innovative celebration ideas and other helpful resources for download. Local presidents may order ”SRPs Rock” pins for local members and sets of super hero posters (leader login required) free of charge.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There is a good chance that at least one person you know has been affected by domestic violence.
  • NYSUT's Education & Learning Trust is offering a series of seminars to meet educators' wellness needs, including a three-hour seminar "Workplace Wellness: Putting You First." See more offerings here Getting Back On Track.
  • NYSUT continues its extremely popular online Student Debt Webinars Nov. 9 and Nov. 18. Register online now for one of these helpful sessions.
  • Please donate to NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund. The 501(c)3 can help union members impacted by recent hurricanes and tropical storms. Go to to apply for assistance.


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