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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytudut/5183267783/"> Wirawat Lian-udom</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Wirawat Lian-udom, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lawsuit challenges New York teacher tenure laws

NEW YORK (AP) An education advocacy group has filed a lawsuit arguing that New York's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they violate the state Constitution's guarantee of a "sound basic education" by making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against city and state education officials. The plaintiffs are 11 students whose parents belong to the New York City Parents Union.  Go to full article
NYSUT's new officers: Martin Messner, Secretary-Treasurer; Catalina Fortino, Vice President; Karen Magee, President; Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President; Paul Pecorale, Vice President. Photo: <a href="www.nysut.org/news/2014/april/first-woman-to-head-nysut-promises-to-be-a-strong-voice-for-change">NYSUT Media Relations</a>
NYSUT's new officers: Martin Messner, Secretary-Treasurer; Catalina Fortino, Vice President; Karen Magee, President; Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President; Paul Pecorale, Vice President. Photo: NYSUT Media Relations

New teachers' union president wants more clout for group

There's a big change at state's largest teacher's union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), as members elected new leadership.

The union's new president, Karen Magee, is the first woman to run the organization. The shakeup comes over concerns with the state's flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.  Go to full article
NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release
NYSUT graph showing per-pupil spending ranges in New York State. Image: NYSUT press release

Teachers' union says no to tax cap

The New York State United Teachers union released an analysis earlier this week that says the state's wealthiest school districts spent almost 80 percent more per pupil than the poorest ones.  Go to full article
NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi speaks to reporters in Albany about the case. Photo: El-Wise Noisette via NYSUT.org
NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi speaks to reporters in Albany about the case. Photo: El-Wise Noisette via NYSUT.org

Why a NYS teachers' union is suing the state

The state's largest teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the state's property tax cap, arguing it's unconstitutional.

New York State United Teachers President Dick Iannuzzi says the cap, passed by Cuomo and the legislature in 2011, arbitrarily limits property tax increase to two percent, regardless of whether a school district is rich or poor. The lawsuit also charges that the tax cap violates the principle of one person one vote, because a supermajority of 60 percent of voters is required to override the cap.  Go to full article
Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow Graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

How Cuomo's pension plan could help North Country schools

It took a few days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his budget plan last week for many North Country school districts to realize they had a problem. The initial funding proposal didn't provide enough money to help them out of the budget hole.

But there's still some hope in the governor's proposal. His plan includes more than $200 million in what's called fiscal stabilization funding. The idea is to help schools with a spike in pension costs this year.  Go to full article
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. File photo: Karen DeWitt
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. File photo: Karen DeWitt

NYC Mayor: new state teacher evaluation goals "impossible"

In testimony before a legislative hearing in Albany, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg sharply criticized Governor Cuomo's proposal to deny city schools a $240 million education aid increase because the Mayor and the teachers unions failed to meet a deadline to complete a teacher evaluation plan.  Go to full article

State, teachers unions strike a bargain on teacher evaluations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, teachers unions, and state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. have reached a statewide agreement on a tougher teacher evaluation system. Governor Cuomo said it's a great day for New York State's schoolchildren:  Go to full article
Parents, teachers and taxpayers gather at the Ticonderoga High School gym. Photos: Brian Mann
Parents, teachers and taxpayers gather at the Ticonderoga High School gym. Photos: Brian Mann

Seeking a future for Ticonderoga's cherished public schools

North Country Public Radio has been checking in with schools around our region that are struggling with major budget shortfalls. Many districts have seen sharp declines in state aid over the last two years.

They also face rising costs for pensions and healthcare. And now they're also trying to live within the new two percent cap on property tax increases.

Around 200 people from various St. Lawrence County school districts gathered in Canton Central's high school auditorium last night to talk about how to bring about change in the way New York distributes state aid. The Watertown Daily Times reports some suggested filing a class-action lawsuit against the current formula.

Two busloads of students and adults are planning a bus trip to Albany to lobby lawmakers later this month.

Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga for a public meeting last night, where locals rolled up their sleeves and tried to sketch out a future for their public schools.  Go to full article

Quinipiac Poll finds voters trust Cuomo more than teachers' unions

A new poll finds that New York state voters trust Governor Andrew Cuomo to safeguard education more than they trust the teachers' unions.

Cuomo has pushed unions hard on teacher evaluations. Today is the deadline het set for unions and the state Education Department to come up with a new plan for evaluations. He has said he'll impose his own reforms if they don't.  Go to full article
This is what the taxpayers are asking for...They want government that's affordable.

Coalition wants to pay for tax cap with benefits cuts for teachers, public workers

A coalition of business lobbyists, city and village mayors, and school boards are pushing hard for reduced pension and health benefits for their employees. Karen DeWitt reports that effort is part of a package of mandate relief they say is necessary to help communities around New York live within the new 2% property tax cap law.  Go to full article

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