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Congratulations to this year's retirees and honorees!

Retirees: Jane Weiss, Andy Sass, Cathy Mills, and Mike Guido

25 Years of Service: John Callis, Doug Rigo and Laura Rigo, and Maria Gribbin and Heidy Fishkind


Teachers deserve fair evaluations

By Richard C. Iannuzzi, Commentary
Published 4:54 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014



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We have a simple choice: prepare for more job losses and more program cuts, or do something about it. 
The just-released Executive Budget for 2014-15 proposes an increase of $807 million in public education funding for the 2014-15 school year. That is wholly inadequate and will result in substantial cuts to student programs and staff. 
That is why you need to act right now! 
Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell lawmakers to support our children and adequately fund education! 
New York's schools are still reeling from multiple years of school aid cuts. Last year alone, New York lost 3,500 educator jobs. Over the last five years, we have lost tens of thousands of educator positions in New York's schools, amounting to more than 10 percent of the entire teaching workforce who would have been assisting our children in learning. 
These cuts have caused class sizes to balloon, decimated course offerings and after-school programs — particularly music, art and physical education — curtailed academic support for at-risk children, eliminated counseling services and rolled back early-childhood programs, including full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.
And this proposed budget will just mean more cuts. 
Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell lawmakers to support our children and adequately fund education! 
It's easy to get lost in all the numbers, but the bottom line is this: If the budget passes as is, 69 percent of New York school districts would begin the 2014-15 school year with LESS state support than in 2009-10. 
NYSUT and the Alliance for Quality Education have advocated for a $1.9 billion increase in education funding this year, which would maintain existing programs and begin to fund critical services to children, such as full-day pre-kindergarten and community schools. 
But we need your help. 
Please take just a moment RIGHT NOW to help us ensure that the final budget adequately funds education! Our students' future depends on it. 
Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to tell lawmakers to support our children and adequately fund education! 
In solidarity, 
Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT Executive Vice President




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