Attorney General Scores Win for Immigrant Students

March 5, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Long Island, NY -  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced an agreement with the Hempstead Union Free School District to ensure educational access for students regardless of their immigration status. Last October, the attorney general received complaints from community members in Hempstead that approximately 33 Hispanic students – many of them recent immigrants – were not admitted into schools within the Hempstead Union Free School District.

The New School Students Union Wants Representation!

February 27, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Just like the graduate students of New York University did in 1998, grad students at The New School want the administration to recognize them as a union in order to achieve a collective bargaining agreement. 

Lights, Camera, (Worker) Action!

February 27, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

"Food Chains."

New York, NY -  With well coordinated anti-union and anti-worker campaigns continuing to march across the nation, a growing number of labor groups and independent filmmakers are beginning to reach for their digital cameras in an effort to stem the tide with real-life, human stories that are hard to ignore. 

Adjuncts Say The New School Pays Peanuts!

February 26, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Throughout the country on Wednesday adjunct professors staged a walkout at numerous colleges and universities to protest low pay and tenuous working conditions. Adjuncts at The New School couldn’t walk out because they’re obliged by a contract, but they joined graduate students in a show of solidarity.

Governor's School Takeover Plan is an Overreach

February 25, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Governor Cuomo's proposal for the takeover of struggling schools has many flaws. The legislation is part of his budget proposal. Under the plan the state would appoint a school overseer titled a "receiver" when a school was designated as troubled.

UFT Chief Slams Governor Cuomo

February 19, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

New York, NY - United Federation of Teachers [UFT] President Michael Mulgrew blasted Governor Cuomo from the steps of City Hall this week, charging the chief executive with ignoring court mandated funding of New York City public schools, while simultaneously pushing so-called reforms that many say are brazen attempts to corporatize the entire education system. 

Boston University Adjuncts Join SEIU

February 17, 2015

Adjunct professors at Boston University voted by a 2-to-1 margin to unionize Feb. 4, making it the fourth Boston-area college where part-time faculty have joined Faculty Forward, a part of Service Employees International Union Local 509.

Walker Caught Lying About ‘Teacher of the Year’

February 17, 2015

Late last month, Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker told an Iowa audience that the state’s “outstanding teacher of the year” in 2010-11 had been laid off because union seniority rules. He was lying. The woman he mentioned had won a very obscure award for first-year teachers—and on Feb. 9, the woman who actually was Wisconsin’s high-school teacher of the year denounced him in an open letter.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Recognized as Top University

February 13, 2015
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - SUNY Polytechnic Institute has recently been recognized by the National Science Foundation as the top university in the country for business-funded research and development. In achieving this distinction, SUNY Poly surpassed other leading schools like MIT, Duke and Stanford.

Principals Union: Cuomo's Education Agenda Short-Sighted

February 11, 2015
By Mark Cannizzaro, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Executive VP

New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo has unfortunately taken the position that a 4.8 percent increase in state aid to schools, about half the amount most believe to be the minimum necessary, is contingent on his demand that the legislature agrees to his ill-conceived education proposals promulgated in his 2015-16 Executive Budget. 

Groups Say Cuomo’s Budget is Chilling!

February 4, 2015
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Icicles were falling dangerously close to the different labor and community groups that protested outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices on Third Avenue on Monday but said it’s worth the stretch because the governor’s budget does more for rich folk than ordinary folk. 

UFT: Cuomo’s Education Agenda is a Moral Outrage!

February 3, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The United Federation of Teachers participated with a bevy of organizations outside Governor Cuomo’s offices on Monday despite the harsh winter to protest his budget on what’s being billed as Moral Mondays. 

Governmental Support for Child Care is Critical

January 27, 2015
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry 

Washington, DC -- President Obama's announcement of plans to expand block grants to support child care for low-wage workers, and his proposal to enlarge tax credits for middle-class earners, are very welcome steps to restoring prosperity for working people and promise a brighter future for young children.

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

January 14, 2015
By Melissa Lazaín

In August, when the Lee County School Board in Southwest Florida voted 3-2 to opt out of the state’s mandated tests tied to the Common Core State Standards due to concerns about the overtesting of students, a packed room of opt-out supporters and parents erupted in cheers.

Teachers' Unions Are Pivotal to the Progressive Movement

January 13, 2015
By Joshua Pechthalt

Los Angeles, CA—The Republican victory in November reminds us that organized labor and the progressive movement can’t rely on elections to advance our agenda. Our power to improve the lives of members and community allies flows from our ability to organize the kind of powerful labor-community alliance that can demand change from politicians.  

New Report Reveals Growing Education Gap

January 13, 2015
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  The Alliance for Quality Education released its latest report, Record Setting Inequality: New York State’s Opportunity Gap is Wider Than Ever, which concludes that under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's leadership educational inequality has grown. Wealthier school districts are better able to provide a solid future for their students than working-class school districts can.

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