Jan

12

NYSUT statement on election of Dr. Lester W. Young Jr. as state Board of Regents chancellor

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 11, 2021 — New York State United Teachers today congratulated Dr. Lester W. Young Jr. on being elected chancellor of the state Board of Regents, becoming the first African American chancellor in the board’s history: “We congratulate Chancellor Young on his election and look forward to working with him as he leads […]

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Jan

08

NYSUT statement on state COVID vaccination plans

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 8, 2021 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding the state’s announcement that those in the 1b COVID-19 vaccine priority group, including education professionals, will be able to begin scheduling a vaccination appointment Monday: “We have advocated that all education professionals — both teachers […]

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Jan

05

NYSUT statement on state guidance for schools in counties with more than 9 percent infection rate

ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 4, 2021 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding state guidance for schools in counties where the COVID-19 infection rate is more than 9 percent:  “Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of students and educators, and that means it’s important […]

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Dec

22

NYSUT Statement on Federal COVID Emergency Relief Funding for NY Schools 

ALBANY, N.Y. Dec. 22, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding funding for New York K–12 schools and colleges included in the federal COVID emergency relief package:  “It is welcome news that this relief package would bring sorely needed support for New York schools and colleges, and we thank Sen. Schumer and the […]

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Dec

04

Leading NYS education groups call for renewed focus on student teaching programs amid teacher shortage 

ALBANY, N.Y. December 4, 2020 — With New York continuing to face a teacher shortage, four leading education groups today highlighted the pressing need to build up the teacher preparation pipeline to prepare the next generation of educators to join the workforce in the coming years. Specifically, the organizations noted the need for high-quality student teacher placements in local school districts statewide, even with […]

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Nov

24

Dozens of Education Groups Urge Against School Cuts in New York

SPECTRUM  NEWS BY NICK REISMAN CITY OF ALBANY PUBLISHED 11:11 AM ET NOV. 23, 2020   Dozens of education organizations on Monday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to not cut or withhold aid to schools in the coming weeks as the state faces a budget reckoning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are asking you to […]

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Nov

09

NYSUT launches new website to track COVID-19 health, safety concerns in New York schools 

ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 9, 2020 — New York State United Teachers today launched NYSUTCovidTracker.org, a new website designed to help track coronavirus-related health and safety concerns in schools across the state.     As COVID-19 cases rise across the country and in some parts of New York, the website is intended to crowdsource reports of health and safety violations and concerns identified by school staff […]

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Nov

05

NYSUT statement on cancellation of January Regents exams 

ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 5, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding the cancellation of the January Regents exams:  “In the interest of safety, equity and fairness, canceling the January Regents exams is the right choice. We applaud Interim Commissioner Rosa, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department for putting students first […]

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Oct

06

NYSUT statement on new state protocols for schools in COVID-19 hotspots  

ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 6, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding new state protocols for schools in COVID-19 hotspot areas:   “Erring on the side of caution means closing school buildings when there is serious risk of spreading COVID-19, and we believe the state is taking the right steps by seeking to close schools in these hotspots. At the same […]

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Sep

19

NYSUT statement on the death of Eadie Shanker

ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 19, 2020 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today regarding the passing of Eadie Shanker: “The NYSUT family is saddened to hear of the passing of Eadie Shanker. Eadie’s commitment to labor and education served as an inspiration to scores of unionists. She helped lay […]

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