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20 January 2020

  • Lacking funds, Westchester County schools struggle to meet the social and emotional needs of students

    A tableful of educators, lawmakers and union leaders were leaning in to hear stories of White Plains students shortchanged by diminished funding, when a walkie-talkie crackled.

    The caller needed help with a student in emotional crisis. The school health care professionals at the table were familiar with the situation; there are about a half dozen such incidents a day with different students. The rest of the class was evacuated and professionals were able to calm the child.

    “We’re working backwards,” said Laura Fein Zottola, school social worker and member of the White Plains TA. Without enough staff, with elimination of programs, “we wind up missing things on the proactive end.”

    She is

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  • More state funding needed to ensure graduation rates continue rising

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 16, 2020 — New York State United Teachers today applauded the hard work of educators and students across New York as the graduation rate for students statewide increased yet again last school year. Meanwhile, more progress has been made toward addressing the achievement gap between African-American and Hispanic students and white students.

    Providing all students with the resources they need to graduate is critical, and NYSUT is advocating for greater state investments in education to ensure New York’s schools are able to keep up with student needs.

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  • NYSUT ‘Fund Our Future’ bus tour draws attention to underfunding of Westchester schools

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Jan. 16, 2020 — New York State United Teachers is visiting Westchester County schools today to draw attention to the severe impact a lack of state funding has had on schools statewide. Union activists will also highlight the need for new revenues that will enable the state to tackle educational inequality, and other pressing needs.

    Learn more about the "Fund Our Future" campaign at nysut.org/FundOurFuture.

    Meeting with local union leaders, school administrators and elected officials Thursday morning in White Plains, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta called on state officials to make full funding of

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  • NYSUT’s ‘Fund Our Future’ bus tour hits the road

    “All aboard!” shouted NYSUT President Andy Pallotta as he stepped onto the “Fund Our Future” bus for Day One of a seven-week statewide tour calling for schools to receive legislated but long overdue Foundation Aid funding.

    First stop was the Capitol, where Pallotta held a news conference, surrounded by a phalanx of Assembly and Senate lawmakers, along with local teacher union presidents who see the repercussions of budget shortfalls every day. New York schools are owed $3.4 billion, Pallotta said, in a state that is home to more billionaires than any other place in the world. Further taxing the wealthy could provide a much-needed revenue stream to help schools.

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  • NYSUT kicks off statewide ‘Fund Our Future’ bus tour to call for full funding of schools

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2020 — New York State United Teachers today kicked off a seven-week Fund Our Future statewide bus tour. It draws attention to the severe impact a lack of state funding has had on schools statewide, and the need for new revenues to tackle educational inequality, and other pressing needs.

    Learn more about the "Fund Our Future" campaign at FoundationAid.org.

    Speaking at a kickoff event at the state capitol, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta called on state officials to make full funding of Foundation Aid, the underpinning of how New York funds schools, a top priority this legislative session. Pallotta

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