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16 January 2019

  • NYSUT statement on Gov. Cuomo’s budget presentation

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — NYSUT President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget presentation and State of the State remarks:

    “This legislative session represents a historic opportunity to invest in our future. As we review the details of the Governor’s proposed budget, we look forward to working with lawmakers and the Governor to add additional funding for K-12 and higher education, to immediately fix New York’s broken teacher evaluation system, and to fully fund SUNY and CUNY.”

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  • NYSUT reacts to passage of GENDA and anti-conversion therapy bill

    ALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta today released a statement following the Senate and Assembly’s passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the anti-conversion therapy bill, both of which NYSUT has long advocated for.

    The GENDA bill would prohibit discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their perceived gender identity or expression, including the transgender population. The anti-conversion therapy bill would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual-orientation change efforts or “conversion therapy” for patients younger than 18.

    Pallotta said, “Passage of these two bills is great

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  • UPDATE: Thank you for going #RedForEd to stand with students and teachers in Los Angeles

    UPDATE: Thank you!

    It was so nice, we had to do it twice.

    NYSUT members and allies in New York State joined with thousands across the nation Thursday, Jan. 10 and again(!) on Monday, Jan. 14 to stand in solidarity with students and teachers in Los Angeles.

    Here's how great everyone looked on Twitter:

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  • Title IX changes would favor accused and stifle reporting

    Students, educators and concerned citizens have until Jan. 28 to comment on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s proposed revisions to regulations governing how institutions of higher education handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

    This is an opportunity for higher education union members to speak out on the ill-advised changes DeVos has proposed that would clearly reduce the willingness of students to come forward with allegations of

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  • For-profit higher education can be a bad investment

    New York invests more than $300 million a year in state scholarship funds to private colleges, more than any other state. Most of this comes through the Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, for students attending nonprofit institutions.

    More than a fifth of those funds, however, go to for-profit schools.

    According to Yan Cao, a fellow of the Century Foundation who presented to the NYSUT Higher Education Policy Council last weekend, the state’s investment in higher education should improve equity, reduce debt, and yield broader access to high-quality degrees. Unfortunately, she said, based on analysis of the latest federal data, some New York schools, notably for-profit schools, are doing the opposite.

    “I

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