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NYUST/AFT Monthly Roundup

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NYUST/AFT Monthly Roundup

Posted by The NCCFT Executive Committee

Here’s a roundup of some of the latest news from NYSUT and the AFT:

  1. “New York State United Teachers today commended the Regents for refusing to approve the early renewals of eight Success Academy charter schools, correctly noting that it violates the spirit of the charter school law to grant early renewals to charters with questionable records of serving students or, in some cases, no real record at all.” (Link)
  2. NYSUT was there to show support for library workers in Nyack, who are facing resistance to unionizing. (Link)
  3. Read AFT President Randi Weingarten’s speech, which she delivered to the  union’s TEACH conference. (Link)
  4. The AFT was on Capitol Hill on July 19 for a “Teach in, Speak Out” rally to protest the White House education budget. (Link)
  5. “Building on its success at the last TEACH, the AFT again hosted “radio row” at this year’s conference. Eleven nationally syndicated radio shows set up operations, and the hosts conducted interviews with more than 100 AFT officers, leaders, rank-and-file members and presenters. The live interviews reached more than 100 radio markets across the country. The participating shows were: “The Rick Smith Show,” “Talk Media News,” “Wide Ruled,” “America Tonight,” “The Young Turks,” “The Stan Milam Show,” the “Thom Hartmann Program,” “Make It Plain,” “Howard Monroe and the Morning Show,” “The Union Edge” and “The Jeff Santos Show.” Many of the interviews are available for replay online.” (from Highlights from TEACH email newsletter, July 22)
  6. Fostering Cultures of Collaboration: “A powerful commitment to collaboration and social justice closed out the TEACH conference Saturday afternoon, making it clear that the AFT is part of a larger movement that amplifies the work we do and reaches far more people than we could ever reach alone—and vice versa.” (AFT)
  7. “AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson put an exclamation point on TEACH proceedings with closing-session remarks that shined a bright light on one of the AFT’s four pillars of strong, purposeful public education: work that fosters cultures of collaboration among educators, administrators, families and communities.” (Link)
  8. “The program is called Care Closets, which was described by Lisa Calicchia, dean of curriculum and instruction at Arundel Elementary and Middle School, one of five Baltimore community schools currently involved in the effort. She explained how the Baltimore Teachers Union collaborated with the community school site coordinators to stock “care closets” at each school with personal hygiene products available on the First Book Marketplace. This provides essential items such as deodorant, soap, toothbrushes and more for students and families in need.” (Link)
  9. “The student who raped me held me down and said that it was his mission to make me pregnant. He succeeded. And he raped me again two days after the abortion:” An essay on AFT Voices written by the adjunct professor whose experience that was.
  10. “AFT members at an elementary school in New Mexico were among those honored at this year’s Green Ribbon Schools awards ceremony July 19 in Washington, D.C.” (Link)
  11. “After more than a year of negotiations, X-ray, pharmacy and radiology technicians and respiratory therapists at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver ratified a first contract that includes paid education leave, increased job security, improved benefits for “per diem” employees and higher wages.” (Link)
  12. Statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson on the NAACP Task Force on Quality Education’s report and recommendations: “America must wake up to the fact that children of color and low-income families too often are subjected to shamefully under-resourced schools and education experiments that do not work. It’s our obligation, as a society, to disrupt that reality and instead fight for equity and excellence in education. That starts with working to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools—in every neighborhood and for every child in America.” (Link)