The right time is right now
The state budget is due at the end of this month. What are we asking for? In short: $100 million for community schools; $2 million for NYSUT's Implicit Bias Training initiative; $14.26 million more for teacher centers; a one-year moratorium on APPR; repeal of the receivership law; and more school nurses and mental health professionals in schools. Take action NOW at the NYSUT MAC to ask lawmakers to fund our #FutureForward initiative. Also send this MAC letter in support of much needed higher ed funding. Here’s an op-ed (subscription required) penned by NYSUT’s Andy Pallotta and Jessica González-Rojas, a member of the Assembly from Queens, in support of social workers and psychologists in schools. In addition, lawmakers visited community schools in Western and Central NY this week to see successful models.
NYSUT collecting donations to support Ukraine
To help the people of Ukraine as they fight for the lives and the future of their nation, the statewide union is encouraging members and the general public to consider donating to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, the union’s 501(c)3 organization.
NYSUT will be partnering with relief agencies to make sure that the funds collected get to the people in areas that are most in need due to this humanitarian crisis.
This week, the Academy for Human Rights, led by Springville TA member Andrew Beiter, hosted “Understanding Ukraine,” for educators and the public. Rochester TA President Adam Urbanski, who immigrated from Poland, spoke this week about Eastern Europe and how the local is showing support for Ukraine.
NYSUT pushing for Regents Exams safety net
The State Education Department will administer all of the June Regents exams this year. NYSUT is pushing for the Regents to include a safety net for students similar to the one provided the past two years where students will get credit if they pass the course and do not pass the exam.
- School bus drivers whose medical examiner's certificate (MEC) expired on or after Sept. 1 had until Feb. 28 to submit an updated medical certificate to the DMV. Drivers who do not have an MEC on file will be notified by mail that their license will be downgraded to a non-CDL class. You can still avoid losing your CDL by faxing or emailing a valid medical certificate asap.
- Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals, who went out on strike Tuesday for safe and stable schools, are asking the school board, mayor and governor to get involved.
- Here’s NYSUT’s updated Fact Sheets on opting out of the state grades 3-8 tests, which begin later this month.
- As part of Women’s History Month, the UFT Women’s Committee invites NYSUT members to register for a film screening of “Private Violence” followed by a panel discussion from 5–7:30 p.m. March 17. Panelists include NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango and the UFT’s Janella Hinds and Karen Alford.
- NYSUT offers a free WHM poster honoring Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.
- The AFT will now include retired members in its free Accidental Death and Dismemberment program at the same coverage rate ($5,000) as active members.
- Register online for one of NYSUT’s popular Student Loan Debt webinars. The next session is March 24. Space is limited.
- Save the Date! for the NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Health Care to be held May 7 via Zoom. This free virtual conference will provide professional development and some Continuing Education Unit credits to NYSUT members.