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  • From Navy petty officer to "Huffalump" driver, SRP Darci Ordway lives to serve.

    Navy veteran and School-Related Professional Darci Ordway will never forget her first school bus run.

    As she nervously pulled up the hulking 40-foot shiny yellow bus to her first stop, a young girl, barely big enough to lift her legs upon the high steps, got onto the bus and said, “Thank god you’re here. If my mom fluffed my hair one more time I was going to lose it.”

    That’s all it took for Ordway — who calls her young riders “Huffalumps” — to get hooked.

     

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  • We told you we would remember

     

    Don’t mess with NYSUT.

    If you run for office and call dedicated, hard-working educators and health-care workers “forces of evil” — as Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan did a month before Election Day — our members will remember.

    If you refuse to address the state’s broken and unfair teacher-evaluation and standardized testing system, our members will remember.

    And if you insist on catering to the billionaire-backed charter industry at the expense of New York’s students, our members will remember.

    “If there is one takeaway from this election, it’s that NYSUT members pay

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  • Pallotta: "Forces of good" big winners in tonight’s elections

    ALBANY, N.Y. November 6, 2018 – New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following reaction to tonight’s elections results:

    “If there is one takeaway from this election, it’s that NYSUT members pay attention – and they vote. NYSUT members took notes on who considers them ‘a force of evil’ and they remembered who betrayed them in choosing the charter industry over reforming the broken teacher evaluation system. Our incredibly energized ‘forces of good’ – joining a national wave of teacher and union activism – burned up the phone lines; rang thousands of doorbells, engaged their colleagues in conversations,

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  • School Psychology Awareness Week - Nov. 12-16

     

    School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 12-16, 2018

    This year's theme is "Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!" A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. Our goal is to connect with how modern youth and adults unlock things (e.g., gaming levels, phones, devices, codes) and to highlight how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as "passwords" can lead to positive growth. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the

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  • NYSUT welcomes Regents extension of moratorium on tying flawed tests to evaluations

    ALBANY, N.Y. Nov. 5, 2018 — New York State United Teachers today released the following statement after the Regents extended the moratorium on tying state standardized test scores to teacher evaluations:

    "We welcome the extension of the moratorium and thank Chancellor Betty Rosa and the Regents for continuing to recognize that the state’s over-emphasis on standardized testing has worked for neither students nor teachers. While we welcome the moratorium extension, NYSUT will continue to seek a long-term legislative solution that will return evaluations to local control. Teachers and local school districts know what works best in their own communities."

    New York State United Teachers is a

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