March Madness is in full swing. Are you checking your brackets to see how many of your picks made the Sweet Sixteen? While you're at it, take a minute to also check out NYSUT's fun spin on March Madness. This year we are allowing people the chance to vote on their favorite benefit of being in a strong union.
This year, the real madness is that anti-union forces are fighting to undercut our voice, our values and our union. They have funded a case before the Supreme Court that threatens our ability to fight for working families.
Our NYSUT Sweet Sixteen bracket highlights all of the things that we have fought for over the years. If you're having trouble choosing whether to vote for collective bargaining, retirement security, health coverage, or legal representation, imagine a future where we lose them all.
This is a fun time of year, and a great way to highlight the things we value. But make no mistake – the real champions are the hard working men and women who are fighting to defend our voice, our values and our union. That is why I am sticking with our union, and I hope you are too.
Are Teachers' Unions on the Brink of Demise? Check out this article from EdWeek...https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/02/14/are-teachers-unions-on-the-brink-of.html?cmp=eml-contshr-shrNYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is looking for feedback from educators as the Board of Regents and the Commissioner look to explore changes to the current evaluation system. As you are aware, we would like to see control returned to local school districts as we move forward and have student performance measures disconnected from teacher and principal evaluations. Please take the time to take this survey, and indicate where appropriate that you would like decisions to be determined locally, it does take about 25 minutes.It is important that we weigh in on this, combined with NYSUT lobbying efforts we hope to have the current APPR model repealed for good! Please take this survey by .https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/ui/images1/s.gif" height="1" width="1" class="CToWUd">