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Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.


Thank you for all you do!

As the school year draws to a close, all of us at NYSUT want to thank you for your tremendous dedication. It’s been a challenging year — but through it all, you've stood strong and persevered. Over and over, you've shown how public schools are the place where students, parents and educators come together as a community.

U.S. Supreme Court hands down landmark cases

This week, the Supreme Court handed down multiple decisions that will touch the lives of millions of Americans. Earlier this week, in Carson v. Makin, the court laid the groundwork that states must provide publ


Union wins APPR reprieve

Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday signed a bill suspending, for an additional year, the Annual Professional Performance Review process. Advanced through grassroots advocacy from NYSUT members and lobbying by union legislative staff, the bill recently passed both the state Senate and the Assembly.

“As we come to the end of another school year that has been anything but normal, we welcome the governor’s decision to suspend the APPR process for another year,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “We will continue working with the legislature and the governor to address the APPR


RA 2022 celebrates 50 years, and plans for future

“We stand on the shoulders of giants!” said President Andy Pallotta in his address to more than 1,300 delegates as he kicked off the 50th annual NYSUT Representative Assembly at the Albany Capital Center. It was a weekend for delegates to celebrate the history and look to the future. Attendees acted on dozens of resolutions to set a course for action, including a move to support Ukraine in its struggle against the Russian invasion. Gov. Hochul, Comptroller DiNapoli, AG Tish James and more special guests inspired the gathering. Go to


Livestream program commemorates Black History Month

NYSUT’s Many Threads, One Fabric social justice initiative presented an online event this week to mark Black History Month. Hosted by Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham, it focused on the unique struggles underrepresented groups face with regard to mental health and wellness in the United States. Other highlights included award presentations to BHM honorees, testimonials from NYSUT members and artistic expressions from students and community partners.

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We knew this moment was coming.

Wealthy special interests have been fighting for years to undercut unions and roll back the benefits earned by working families. Today’s Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME shows how far they are willing to go to attack working families. Anti-union forces think they can seize this opportunity to convince our members to abandon our union in an effort to diminish their voice in the workplace and weaken their strength at the bargaining table.

We are going to prove them wrong.

NYSUT fights to protect the collective bargaining rights that help secure higher


As part of NYSUT's effort to help ensure our public schools are a safe haven for students and employees, the union is calling attention to a new tool in the war against bullying. 

With another school year underway, educators might want to consider asking their students to take The Upstander Pledge - a pledge in which they commit to taking a personal stand to intervene or report bullying and other acts of cruelty whenever and wherever they are witnessed.

The Upstander Pledge is part of the Day #1 Campaign, a project of The Tyler Clementi Foundation which works

On Wednesday night there was what has been characterized as a heinous white supremacist terrorist attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 
Among the nine victims of this brutal massacre was Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney.  Rev. Pinckney was also a prominent state senator.  Rev. Pinckney leaves behind his wife Jennifer and their two children - Eliana and Malana.  On Monday, June 22, 2015, BTA members wore white (which is one of the traditional African colors for mourning) to show their support and pay their condolences to those murdered in

Reclaiming Public Education in New York State

Less Testing, More Teaching!

Community Education Forum

West Islip Fire House

309 Union Boulevard, West Islip

March 30, 2015


SPEAKERS, Arnold Dodge, Beth Dimino, Terry Kalb, Jeanette Deutermann




New York State's education policy should not be about settling political scores. 

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to watch and share our new TV ad demanding that the governor support our future and fairly fund our public schools! 

With Gov. Cuomo's January 21 State of the State address expected to focus on education, we expect and insist that the governor's plan for education focus on the state's Constitutional responsibility to provide adequate funding for public schools ... and not on political posturing and responding to the demands of profit-seeking corporate special