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16 September 2019

  • BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Union partnership helps students start the school year off with 'a sense of pride and confidence'

    Six months ago, staff at Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie reached out to the Wappingers Congress of Teachers, asking for help to get a boy’s bike. When union leaders dropped off the bike, they asked how else they could help the students sheltering there in safety from domestic violence.

    The answer: those kids would need personal care items and back-to-school supplies at the start of the next school year.

    In August, 60 stacked backpacks were delivered to students. The backpacks for the Wappingers area students, along with backpacks sent to others in an 18-county area of New York, were made available as a result of a joint effort between NYSUT and

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  • NYSUT applauds Maine-Endwell’s Rachel Murat as New York State's 2020 Teacher of the Year

    ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2019 — New York State United Teachers today lauded Rachel Murat — a celebrated longtime Maine-Endwell social studies teacher, high school mentor and community servant — on being named the 2020 New York State Teacher of the Year.

    Murat, a 2019 Teacher of the Year finalist, has taught numerous history and government classes and developed Maine-Endwell’s first Digital Citizenship course, aimed at ensuring students understand the importance and reach of their digital footprints. The Maine-Endwell Teachers Association member has spent her 24-year career not just teaching her students, but helping them grow into young adults ready for college and careers. In 2005, she helped develop a

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  • NYSUT hands out hundreds of backpacks, school supply kits and books at "Support for Scholars" event in Albany

    ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 8, 2019 — New York Stated United Teachers today is providing hundreds of fresh new backpacks, school supply kits and books to Albany students to go along with their fresh new haircuts as part of the annual Support for Scholars event put on by Central Avenue businesses and Albany community organizations.

    NYSUT President Andy Pallotta, NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham and members of NYSUT’s Albany City School District affiliates were on hand Sunday morning to give away the free backpacks and school supplies, collected in partnership with WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and free age-appropriate books, provided through a partnership with First Book, Inc.

    The annual event,

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  • Union sheds light on addiction

    In the past several years, members of the Wappingers Congress of Teachers have tried to grapple with the loss of two educators to addiction.

    Some are upset they didn’t notice the signs, or weren’t sure what to do when they noticed their peers arriving late for school, or being irritable.

    Some are stunned to know the truth.

    “Shocking” is how Diane DiChiara, special education English teacher, described feeling about the death of a fellow teacher to addiction. She shook her head in dismay.

    “You have to look in their eyes and see how distraught they are,” WCT President Pasquale Delli Carpini said of his colleagues.

    In response to members’ concerns, the WCT

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  • Schumer issues call to action on teacher shortage and student debt crisis

    With the state’s teacher shortage approaching crisis level, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer joined with educators and union leaders today in Rochester to urge expansion of student loan debt relief and more funding for recruitment and retention programs.

    “We have to do this,” Schumer said. “We’re short of teachers as the school year begins … and the shortage

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