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new york state united teachers
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
state of the union
August 22, 2018
New York’s teachers unions say they’re staying strong after Janus case, but there could be a battle ahead
This summer, New York teachers received a startling message from their state union. In all capital letters, a Facebook post warned: “Fraud alert!”…
hitting a snag
May 8, 2018
New York’s State Senate Majority Leader doesn’t endorse teacher evaluation legislation – but doesn’t rule out action either
With his statement, Flanagan leaves the door open for passing a bill this session, but possibly with changes or strings attached.
May 7, 2018
Teacher evaluation fight spills into New York’s Board of Regents meeting
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and certain board members appeared split over whether to express enthusiasm for the bill.
October 12, 2017
New York unions sue, accusing charter schools of lowering standards for teachers
The lawsuit comes a day after SUNY voted to relax teacher certification requirements.
a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
October 6, 2014
Judge lets upstate teachers join lawsuit in defense of tenure
A Staten Island judge ruled that seven teachers could become defendants in the case, known as Davids v. New York. The state's tenure law is already being defended by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, but the judge's decision means that the group of teachers, with help from union lawyers, can join in the defense.
state of the union
April 6, 2014
State teachers union president defeated with UFT support
Karen Magee unseated Richard Iannuzzi, New York State United Teachers president since 2005, in an election seen by some as a power play by New York City’s union chief. Magee said she would not avoid tangling with the legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over state education policy.
June 7, 2013
Rain or shine, teachers from around the state mobilize for rally
Organizers getting set up for Saturday's rally. (NYSUT Twitter) Organizers of a long planned rally in Albany say that they won't let weather ruin their festivities. The date for tomorrow's "One Voice United" rally was scheduled back in March by the New York State United Teachers, as part of its public campaign to pressure State Education Department Commissioner John King to slow down plans to administer this year's tests, which were tied to tougher Common Core learning standards. They arranged 225 buses and originally expected 10,000 teachers, parents and advocates to convene in the capital to show King the scale of opposition. The buses will still roll, including three out of New York City sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers. And more than a dozen advocacy groups representing a variety of labor and education issues, including New York City-based Leonie Haimson's Class Size Matters, are signed on to participate as well. But the number of people who show up could be slightly smaller if rainy weather brought by Tropical Storm Andrea scares them off. The storm is forecast to continue into tomorrow, though the skies could clear by noon. "Heavy rains might dampen the crowds but they will not dampen the enthusiasm of those who want to take back public education from the billionaires and bureaucrats," said NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn.
August 24, 2012
Union endorses a candidate backed by StudentsFirstNY
It didn't take long for the complexities of New York State politics to make strange bedfellows out of two rival education advocacy groups. This week, New York State United Teachers endorsed Jeff Klein, a Democratic state Senator from the Bronx with a reputation for rebuffing teachers union interests. Earlier this summer, Klein also took in money from StudentsFirstNY, a group that a union-backed coalition is attacking for its board members' Republican ties. Over the past week, accepting money from StudentsFirstNY has received a lot of scrutiny from the coalition, called New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, which is made up of labor unions and community-based organizations. At protests, it has tacitly warned elected officials to reject StudentsFirstNY because some of its funding comes from people working in the private sector with ideologically different positions on education policy. And while most of their energy will be focused on the 2013 mayoral candidates, the coalition punctuated its point this week when it gleefully released a list of state and city politicians who agreed to reject contributions from StudentsFirstNY. "Taking StudentsFirst money is bad for New York," Billy Easton, executive director of Alliance for Quality Education, one of the groups that gets funding from the state teachers union, said last week.
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