You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You went to school so you think you know what teachers do, right?

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Gov. Cuomo needs to hear from YOU

Below are some actions members can take. Please read the whole memo. There are some “Important Ground Rules” to follow which will help keep members safe.

If you have any questions, please contact the office.


Dear Activist,

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo will present his budget when he gives his State of the State address. It is no secret that we are under attack by the governor. For us to win the public must hear the voices of teachers. And when I say the voices of teachers, I am contrasting that with the voice of the union. Governor Cuomo and the public need to hear from typical members – everyday classroom teachers, SRPs, retirees, and educators in higher education. In short, they need to hear from you.

That is why I am asking that all of us get out on social media between now and April 1st, the budget deadline, to call out Cuomo and tell him what our schools, students, and communities really need for public education in New York.

Get Ready!

  • Sign up for the NYSUT MAC. You can sign up online for email updates at: or you can download the NYSUT MAC App for your iPhone or for your Android phone.
  • Get text blasts. You can get our NYSUT Member Action Center text alerts sent right to your phone by texting the word NYSUT to the number 38470.
  • Like us on Facebook at the NYSUT Action Center.
  • Join Twitter. Looking for messages to retweet? Follow @NYSUT on Twitter
  • Help create a social media army by helping other members sign up on social media.

Take Action!

  • Join the debate. As you are getting out of school on Wednesday, Facebook and Twitter will be lighting up with comments about Cuomo’s teacher-bashing proposals. Join that conversation on Wednesday!
  • #InviteCuomo . Governor Cuomo has rarely stepped foot in a New York State public school so we want to invite him to attend the NYSUT-sponsored Community Forums on Public Education. Let’s invite him into the community to hear from teachers, parents, students, administrators and community members about what we need for public education. Tweet out an invite directly at him and be sure to include the hashtag: #InviteCuomo if you want your tweet to be seen and heard.
  • #AllKidsNeed – Highlight the inequities and lack of resources hurting New York State public schools by using the hashtag #AllKidsNeed. Tell the governor and the public what your students need – more science labs, music and art classes, school libraries, smaller class sizes and more. Many of your colleagues around the state have already begun tweeting using this hashtag. Retweet their tweets and write your own!

Important ground rules for personal social media:

  • Don’t post photos of your students.
  • Don’t communicate with currently enrolled students.
  • Engage before and after the school day and during your lunch hour — not during your work day.
  • Review your district’s guidance for using personal social media.

I know that together we can succeed when we all stand together as ONE union.


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NYSUT: The Last 30 Days

December 17: After the governor hinted he may not sign the moratorium bill, we used his own words against him in a press statement:

December 18: After the Malatras letter was released, we immediately tagged the governor as “clueless” in a press statement, and in social media. Numerous media interviews and press statement can be found here:  #cluelessCuomo became a rallying cry.

December 23: Karen Magee appears on statewide radio and television to criticize the governor’s comments and rebut some of his more mis-informed comments. You can listen to the audio clip here:

December 29: After the governor vetoed the moratorium bill we reacted strongly. (Press release here:

December 31: Rally at the executive mansion. Coverage from at least 10 news organizations, includingNew York Times and Wall Street Journal.  Gallery of photos at and, of course, clips can be found through a Google news search and were sent to local leaders through the NYSUT Leader Briefing. During this time, we also blasted the King/Tisch letter in a number of radio, television and print interviews.

In addition, we want to specifically note that, over this time frame, we strongly supported the NYSAPE letter.  It’s responding to Malatras resulting in a great ride on social media.  NYSUT constructed a special MAC blast urging our members to read it and share it.

New Year’s Day to January 7: Out of respect, we held fire for a few days following the passing of former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

NYSUT supported East Greenbush TA President Sean Crall in his efforts to get out the message that Gov. Cuomo’s staff made Crall remove a “Respect Public Ed” pin.  Here’s the clip which was widely shared on social media.

January 9: A new report ranked NY’s public education system 9th in the nation. This is a direct contradiction to the governor’s claim that schools are failing. Here’s our piece:

January 10: A coalition partner, the Alliance for Quality Education, released a report showing that inequality and segregation have reached record levels under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Report and Daily News link can be found here:

January 10: Albany Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun supported NYSUT and teachers and attacked the Governor in this column, which ran in the Sunday Times Union (circulation 150,000).

January 11: Nearly 1,000 students, parents and teachers packed the Million Dollar Staircase at the state Capitol for a rally. Rev. William Barber and NAACP leaders scolded Cuomo for failing to properly fund public schools.  Andy Pallotta pointedly told the governor – at the top of his lungs – to stop making excuses and fund public education. NYSUT coverage and numerous press clips can be found here:

January 13:  Karen Magee has a radio commentary that airs on 16 radio stations across New York. Here she takes on the governor in her monthly commentary:  This got a nice ride on social media.

Held an emergency Board of Directors call to Action

January 14: NYSUT offered a less-than-enthusiastic response to the governor’s circuit breaker proposal here:

January 15: NYSUT launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign in advance of the Governor’s State of the State and budget.   You can find the ad and coverage on the NYSUT web site and coverage via this link.

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Stuff-A-Bus 2015

The Food Drive to Support the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf Sponsored by the Greece Teachers Associationbus

GOAL: Stuff the bus with donations for the food shelf!

WHO: All of us!

COORDINATORS: Building Reps or their designees.

WHEN: Collections take place the week of February 9th – 13th

 ** Pick Up Schedule to be decided for Friday, February 13th **


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Fact-checking Campbell Brown

Campbell Brown: In Her Own Words

Fact-checking Campbell Brown: What she said, what research really shows

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Governor Cuomo: Fairly Fund Our Schools

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Issues Facing Public Education in the News

EXCLUSIVE: Funding inequalities between rich, poor school districts reached record levels under Cuomo: report

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

LeBrun: A disaster dressed up as ‘reform’

The Segregationist History of the Charter Movement


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It’s Time To Stand

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Governor Cuomo’s Misguided Agenda is Harming Public Education


The letter linked here is the work of NYSAPE. This press release articulates a bit of the displeasure surrounding Cuomo’s ideas.

Their website,, is outstanding. In addition to the fantastic letter, there are opportunities to take action (such as on-line petitions).

Please read the letter and go to the website. We must defend our profession.

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Stand With Spencerport!

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