NYSUT End-of-the-School-Year Round Up
Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee
It’s important to celebrate our victories. Here are three that NYSUT reported on in its June 23rd “Member Briefing:”
- Union opposition helped persuade the State Education Department to “backtrack from a recent ‘gag order’ that restricted teachers from discussing questions on this June’s Regents exams.” The order prohibited teachers from discussing the questions online, which NYSUT rightly identified as an incursion against teachers’ professionalism.
- Pressure from NYSUT legislative staff, activists and members persuaded lawmakers to pass real maintenance-of-effort legislation “to ensure the state pays its share of mandatory costs on SUNY and CUNY campuses.” There were some issues left unresolved at the end of the legislative session on Wednesday, like mayoral control of the New York City schools. GOP senators want to tie extending that control to charter school expansion, among other things. Stay tuned for more information.
- The NCCFT Executive Committee has not yet had much to say about the referendum on a Constitutional Convention that will be on the November 7th ballot, which we will be urging you to vote against. NYSUT, however, has been vary active, playing an important role in the formation of New Yorkers Against Corruption (NYAC), a “broad and diverse” coalition that will “run a multifaceted campaign to educate voters about the potentially destructive impact that a Constitutional Convention would have on New Yorkers.”
Finally, if you haven’t signed up for alerts from NYSUT’s Member Action Center, we urge you to do so. It’s an easy way to keep up to date on issues that concern us as union members and educators, and it makes it very easy to write, fax, email, or call your legislators to make your positions on these issues known.