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NYSUT What We Do - Profiles

Pam Agan-Smith

New York shines for third time in national school psychologist honor  Read More »

Mike Comet and Bruce Rohr

Students benefit most from this lucrative partnership  Read More »

West Seneca Teachers Association

West Seneca Teachers Association Cares!  Read More »

Coach Aaron Fiorini

Camden coach saves life with AED  Read More »

Kimberly Williams

Science students work to give baby turtles a fighting chance  Read More »

James Gang

For this Hamburg teacher, it's all about the cause  Read More »

Carol Miller

School counselor wins statewide recognition  Read More »

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons

Bronx teacher uses art for all seasons and all reasons  Read More »

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace

‘Silent Witness’ makes daily message for peace  Read More »

Backpacks packed with food and compassion

Backpacks packed with food and compassion  Read More »

Teacher creates art to promote social justice

Teacher creates art to promote social justice  Read More »

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help

Loss of pet becomes a chance to help  Read More »

HOPe-Helping Other People

HOPe-Helping Other People  Read More »

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry

‘Tailgating’ for the hungry  Read More »

Teaching more than music through music

Penny Prince, Professional Staff Congress  Read More »

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade

Hicksville teacher lives his dream at Thanksgiving Parade  Read More »

Sherry Roy

School nurse treats more than student illness  Read More »

Amy Parr

Cooperstown teacher offers farm-fresh curriculum  Read More »

Karen Flewelling

Retiree has a thirst for giving  Read More »

Amy Jo Southworth

Bay Shore librarian named American Association of School Librarians Frances Henne Award winner  Read More »

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association

Warwick Valley Teachers' Association awards $10,000 in scholarships  Read More »

Justine Davies

Student-scientists take to the river  Read More »

Anthony Pantaleno

‘Helping’ program helps Elwood school counselor win national honor  Read More »

Mike Garbowski

Class project honors Sandy Hook victims  Read More »

Jay Broad

Advocate for students and senior citizens  Read More »

Sunshine Miller

Exploring ideas, cultures and traditions through music  Read More »

Peter Carner

Schuylerville Teacher Creates Night School to Combat Curriculum Challenges  Read More »

Michele Dodenhoff

Hicksville Teacher voted Long Island's “Teacher of the Month”  Read More »

Matt Erickson

It’s no mystery: Book signing helps Sandy victims  Read More »

Hicksville Congress of Teachers participate in "Red Scarf Project"

Members provide warmth and encouragement to foster students  Read More »

Molly Reilly

Teacher honored by business community as “Emerging Leader”  Read More »

Matt Rozell

History teacher, students chronicle WW II veterans’ stories  Read More »

Frank Musto

Helping families heal through art  Read More »

Jeff Spierling

Teacher introduces students to "real-life" soldier of the Revolutionary War  Read More »

Scott Sweeney

Carthage mechanic fixing’ to beat the best  Read More »

Andrew Beiter

What you do matters!  Read More »

Read all about it: Harrison Circle of Books

Jennifer Horowitz & Jennifer Markarian  Read More »

Jeff Tooker

East Greenbush teacher responds to fire calls... even on his lunch hour  Read More »

Michael Andrejkovics

Mr A's annual math-themed rap challenge  Read More »

Holland Patent Tornado Squad

Students and staff make a difference in Birmingham, Alabama  Read More »

Joe Satriano

“Some guy named Joe”  Read More »

Hicksville teachers rock the house

Seven teachers perform with their bands to raise money for Embrace Global  Read More »

Kim Holtz

Hicksville special education teacher serves as liaison to SEPTA  Read More »

Mrs. Cook & Mrs. Borst

Riverhead Charter School teachers lead students in Open Spaces Stewardship Program through Brookhaven Lab  Read More »

Christina Bangel

Yorkers Local History Club leads community project  Read More »

Peg Weidemann

Horseheads High School Library  Read More »

John Rossillo

The Lindenhurst High School Vegetable Garden: “It takes a village to grow a garden”  Read More »

Danny Fairchild

Dryden teacher has 'green dreams'  Read More »

Pam Wilkie

School Psychologist of the Year focuses on prevention  Read More »

Elizabeth Peters

Counselor helps inspire a new tradition of giving  Read More »

Hicksville Teacher’s “Heart”–Warming Effort to “Go Red for Women”

Teacher raises awareness in the fight against heart disease  Read More »

Scott Starkey, Hicksville teacher & published Author

Set out to write a book that children would love to read  Read More »

Tom Glenn

Encouraging students to jump rope for a great cause  Read More »

Yorktown teachers serve up help for hungry

Teachers take over a local restaurant to raise money for the Yorktown food pantry.  Read More »

NYSUT Members Define Excellence

NYSUT members define excellence. See more ..  Read More »

Mary Jo Sawyko

A wonderful friend, teacher and colleague.  Read More »

Connetquot Teachers Association

Stepping up to donate, collect, and deliver groceries.  Read More »

Joseph Surgot

Quick to act and save a life  Read More »

Peter Giangaspro

Servicing our community and bringing charity to those in need  Read More »

Beth Taylor-Devlin

Sometimes an ordinary person displays extraordinary courage  Read More »

Cori Kinns

Helping comes naturally to Cori Kinns  Read More »

Jim McAndrew

Helping clean up a community after a disaster  Read More »

Wendy Cooper

Driving the "Healthy Highway" initiative to bring better nutrition to our schools.  Read More »

Sally Clinton

Using cookies to teach lessons both inside and outside the classroom  Read More »

Rosanne Mamo

Making our world a little bit cleaner and greener.  Read More »

Ryan Candurra

Quick-thinking teacher saves referee  Read More »

Laura Addison-Lamon

A teacher remembers her deployment to the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard soon after 9/11.  Read More »

Kathleen Ferguson

SED names Teacher of the Year  Read More »

Andy Sako

Going green meets community and college needs  Read More »

Phyllis Murray

Writing to be read: Kids on the move  Read More »

Bonita Shelby

Educators wear many hats  Read More »

Bette Maggie Sloane

Teacher uses cellphone camera to explore math concepts  Read More »

Doug Harple & Joe Mix

If I had a hammer … and a saw  Read More »

Teresa Carrozzo

Putting healthy into kids’ lifestyles  Read More »

Gertrude Shaffer

South Seneca teacher receives Global Educator Award  Read More »

James Crowley

Technology Teacher’s Service As Volunteer Firefighter  Read More »

Linda Purtan-O'Connell

Buffalo teacher is inspired by her students from around the world  Read More »

Bob Mullen & Bob Hollwedel

Technology teachers lead exciting program in alternative energy  Read More »

Joseph Guadagno

A former factory worker finds joy in preparing students to pursue their dreams  Read More »

Anthony Gronowicz

Conjuring up the world through a teach-in  Read More »

Michele Sampsell

Without a gym, she motivates students through creative off-campus experiences  Read More »

George Avila

Motivating through a token economy  Read More »

Glenn Petersen

He challenges jumbo classes and micro funding  Read More »

It's What We Do

Play the video and see what we're doing in our communities each and every day  Read More »

Jim Johnson

A Coach Sees A Person, Not A Scoreboard  Read More »

Esmeralda Tello

Huntington Teacher Brings History to Life  Read More »

Sonja VanSlambrouck

Teacher's ties to community enrich all  Read More »

John Wevers

Copiague band brings community together  Read More »

Monica Klein

Family helps Bethpage teacher teach  Read More »

Rose Ann Lapp

The classroom ‘a place of discovery’  Read More »

Lisa Dolan

Power lunches and page-turners  Read More »

Patricia Lockhart

When I’m with Ms. Lockhart, it’s always an adventure  Read More »

Peggy Sharkey

Teacher raises $2 million to fund programs  Read More »

Rachel Murat

When high school teacher Rachel Murat packs it in, she knows what she’s talking about  Read More »

Jane Fasullo

Taking math to the next level  Read More »

Dorothy Lehman

Through 17 years, still going the extra mile  Read More »

Michael Mitchell

Teacher helps foster an open and supportive community  Read More »

Gregg Breinberg

Talent, heart and soul fill the auditorium of PS 22 on Staten Island  Read More »

Caroline Duggan

Showcasing what children can do  Read More »

Andrea Figueroa

A proud union member expresses her passion for teaching  Read More »

Margaret King

Helping to improve literacy rates  Read More »

Diane Gonzalez

Breaking down stereotypes and instilling respect and tolerance  Read More »

Jennifer Goodwin

A community lifted up by the hands of children  Read More »

Willie Worsley

"As long as I have breath in me, I'll be a teacher"  Read More »

Jeff Peneston

Making sure students don't back down  Read More »

Wonah A. Odaji

Building a school and lifting up a community  Read More »

Julie Holbrook

Bringing fresh and healthy food to our schools  Read More »

Heather O'Leary

Demonstrating the unwavering belief that every child can succeed  Read More »

What's New

NYSUT United

NYSUT United The New York State Education Department wants to hear what teachers and parents would like to see in teacher evaluation standards. The email address to send your comments to is:

Friday April 17, 2015

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NYSUT United "The politicians created a test that says all schools are failing, not just the ones in the big cities, then declare a crisis, so they can close more neighborhood schools,…

Friday April 17, 2015

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NYSUT United When he unveiled his Executive Budget plan in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo essentially declared war on public education with a toxic test-and-punish agenda. This year's budget is much more than…

Friday April 17, 2015

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NYSUT United This morning, Maria DeAngelo is leaving from her school in Saranac Lake to walk 150 miles to ask the lawmakers and the governor, on behalf of students and teachers who…

Friday April 17, 2015

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NYSUT United From exam questions more than two grades above level to additional reading passages to be answered without any additional time, parents and teachers are sharing testing horror stories. How has this…

Thursday April 16, 2015

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NYSUT United More than 20 percent of students refused the tests at a majority of Dutchess County school districts. Read on for more:

Thursday April 16, 2015

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NYSUT United Thousands of children across the state refused to take standardized tests on Tuesday. Opt-out rates at Capital Region school districts ranged from 2 percent to 53 percent. "What we are seeing…

Wednesday April 15, 2015

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NYSUT United While 30 states require test scores to be considered in teacher evaluations, New York stands out in just how much weight it may soon be putting on the scores. "“It puts…

Tuesday April 14, 2015

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NYSUT United Yesterday's Regents meeting was a good first step in tackling the governor's toxic agenda, and the Assembly showed support of their efforts. Contact the Regents now. Urge them to hold…

Tuesday April 14, 2015


Trek for respect
I would not want to be the treads on Maria DeAngelo’s sneakers. By next Monday, they will be shredded. This is a math teacher who is going to take on…

Monday April 13, 2015

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NYSUT United "It would mean one less controversy to grapple with, day-in and day-out. But it dawned on me that education is often described as “the great equalizer.” There was nothing equal about…

Monday April 13, 2015

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Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation Rally for Public Education with Wappingers Congress of Teachers #CallOutCuomo #FundOurSchools #LetUsTeach New York State AFL-CIO NYSUT NYSUT United

Friday April 10, 2015

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NYSUT United "Stephanie Schnackenberg said her son, a fifth-grade Spackenkill student, will refuse the exams. It's 'not about protecting our children from hard things,' Schnackenberg said. 'This is about showing our children the…

Friday April 10, 2015

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NYSUT United "Education experts agree that the overuse of standardized testing is harmful to education and that these test results are not an accurate measure of student learning or of the quality…

Thursday April 09, 2015

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NYSUT United Between 90 and 100 parents and teachers packed the Kallet to educate themselves and each other on how to refuse Common Core testing.

Thursday April 09, 2015

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NYSUT United Lawmakers are out of session until April 21, but their district offices are open. Call their offices to either thank them for standing strong against this toxic agenda or hold them…

Wednesday April 08, 2015

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NYSUT United “I have a difference of opinion with the old Albany mentality,” the governor told reporters, asked about a push by local officials to spend surplus money on sewer improvements. “The…

Wednesday April 08, 2015

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Tuesday April 07, 2015

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NYSUT United "Our conversation continued for more than a hour. It was clear that the scales had fallen from her eyes. She felt certain that the hedge fund managers bankrolling SA charters…

Tuesday April 07, 2015

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Tuesday April 07, 2015

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NYSUT United "What is especially problematic is the effect Cuomo's cockamamie newest teacher evaluation plan will have on good teachers in so-called failing schools. What teacher in his or her right mind…

Sunday April 05, 2015

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NYSUT United "Instead of doing everything possible to recruit, support and keep great teachers for students burdened by poverty, he's boxing them in with test and punish. Now the chancellor seems to…

Thursday April 02, 2015

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NYSUT United "The unfortunate message to the children of New York: your education and future are not worth the time and collaborative decision-making of Albany legislators." - Bonnie M. Russell, NYS PTA President

Thursday April 02, 2015

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NYSUT United Governor Andrew Cuomo described the just-passed state budget in superlative terms and said that his changes to teacher tenure and evaluation systems will be “one of the greatest legacies for…

Wednesday April 01, 2015

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NYSUT United "Two weeks before this year's state reading and math exams — Megginson was frantically trying to find a public school to accept her son."

Wednesday April 01, 2015


Business group honors Yonkers NYSUT leader
When Pat Puleo’s name comes up in Yonkers — in fact, in many parts of the state — the conversation is usually about the plight of working people; almost certainly…

Wednesday April 01, 2015

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Wednesday April 01, 2015

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NYSUT United “The teacher evaluation system imposed by Governor Cuomo is a sham, and he now owns it. From the beginning, the state of New York has witnessed a vengeful governor refusing…

Tuesday March 31, 2015

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Tuesday March 31, 2015

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NYSUT United There is still time to make your voice heard! Contact your legislators now!

Tuesday March 31, 2015


Karen Lee Arthmann

January 26, 2015

I work in a suburban high school of about 1400 students in grades 10-12. My official title is Youth Assistant, a user-friendly name for a security guard in our district, but to “my kids," I am so much more than that. I am usually the first face they see as they walk through the door in the morning. My first post is as greeter, and I smile and...

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Kristina Mastrangelo-Gasowski

August 16, 2013

At the beginning of the last school year, I found myself working with two very different young men in the same classroom. The first boy seemed to have very little interest in education and refused to participate in class activities. His records indicated that he'd rarely met with academic success in previous years. The second young man was a stellar...

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"Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie - labor is fighting for a larger pie." - Walter Philip Reuther, American labor union leader

If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. –President Abraham Lincoln

"Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1943, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted establishing a 40-hour work week, time-and-a-half rules, a national minimum wage and implementing severe restrictions on child labor.

In 1967, the Taylor Law passed by the New York state legislature providing collective bargaining rights to public employees.

In 1981, NYSUT won passage of a law granting collective bargaining rights for substitute teachers.

In 1982, the New York state legislature passed the Triborough Amendment to the Taylor Law requiring school districts to honor a union's entire contract until a new agreement was reached.

"The labor movement was the principle force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.

The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination. The result: women's earnings climbed from 62 percent of men's earnings in 1970, to 80 percent of men’s earnings in 2004.