NYSUT Member Briefing - Aug. 13, 2021

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SED issues COVID guidance for schools

Last night, NYSUT applauded the State Education Department for stepping in and issuing statewide guidance on reopening schools. As educators, we know that the best place for students to learn is in the classroom. We must do everything we can to ensure every student has access to full-time, in-person instruction this year. That includes ensuring our schools are safe and healthy for students and the people who serve them. In response to the guidance, NYSUT reaffirmed our support for recommendations by public health experts and SED to implement universal masking, robust surveillance testing and other measures as part of a layered, holistic approach that ensures the health and safety of everyone in our schools.

Hochul vows a more collaborative style

NYSUT looks forward to working with Kathy Hochul, the state’s first female governor. NYSUT was among the first labor groups to call for Cuomo to step down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

SRP’s share thoughts with statewide union

In visits around the state, Second Vice President Ron Gross is connecting with School-Related Professionals. In photo, Gross is with Rhinebeck Association of Non-Instructional Employees leaders Tina Donahue, Stacey van den Thoorn, James Chapman and Stacy Stoliker.


More news

  • The Biden administration extends the reprieve for federal student loan payments.
  • AFT President Randi Weingarten and NYSUT President Andy Pallotta joined Albany teachers on visits with parents to answer questions and encourage in-person learning.
  • With a 40 percent discount on courses, NYSUT’s Education & Learning Trust is one of the union’s most valuable benefits for members. Join NYSUT EVP Jolene DiBrango and three ELT instructors for a NYSUT Twitter Chat at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. to find out more! 
  • Looking for info about the new monthly child tax credit payments? Check out this and more updated content on the Member Benefits Financial Learning Center - powered by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
  • Union family mourns the passing of AFL-CIO President Trumka.
  • NYSUT has posted an updated fact sheet on teacher certification. The deadline to apply for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate is Sept. 1.
  • School librarians offer summer reading tips.


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