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Monroe County Federation of Teachers Urges Parents to Be Informed on Testing

The Monroe County Federation of Teachers has released a statement urging parents to be informed about this year's testing. You may read the entire statement here. The resolution can be found here.

A Message from Andy Pollotta About Merit Pay

We must always be on the lookout for education gimmicks, games and schemes. 

Under merit pay, teachers would be pitted against one another in a high-stakes monetary game, encouraged to treat students and their education as playing cards in the race around the Monopoly board. 

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to oppose any misguided merit pay scheme! 

Any system that creates a competitive, rather than collaborative, school climate where students are viewed as part of the salary equation rather than as children who deserve the best possible education raises real concerns. 

What makes sense is a career ladder program that provides extra pay for other assignments such as mentoring newer educators, earning advanced degrees or working in hard-to-staff schools. 

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to oppose any misguided merit pay scheme! 

Help us oppose any merit pay gimmick and send a message loud and clear that it's time for solutions, not more schemes. 

In solidarity, 
Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT Executive Vice President 

P.S.:  Education is collaboration, not competition! Help us stop any merit pay scheme!

Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.


Thank you for all you do!

As the school year draws to a close, all of us at NYSUT want to thank you for your tremendous dedication. It’s been a challenging year — but through it all, you've stood strong and persevered. Over and over, you've shown how public schools are the place where students, parents and educators come together as a community.

U.S. Supreme Court hands down landmark cases

This week, the Supreme Court handed down multiple decisions that will touch the lives of millions of Americans. Earlier this week, in Carson v. Makin, the court laid the groundwork that states must provide publ


Union wins APPR reprieve

Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday signed a bill suspending, for an additional year, the Annual Professional Performance Review process. Advanced through grassroots advocacy from NYSUT members and lobbying by union legislative staff, the bill recently passed both the state Senate and the Assembly.

“As we come to the end of another school year that has been anything but normal, we welcome the governor’s decision to suspend the APPR process for another year,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “We will continue working with the legislature and the governor to address the APPR


Join fellow members on November 26th!


Congratulations RHEA Retirees!

RHEA would like to congratulate the following members on their upcoming retirement. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Rush-Henrietta students!

  • Nancy Beikirch
  • Patricia Burns-Skomsky
  • Caroline Harrington
  • Colleen McCarthy-White
  • Mary Oakes
  • Sue Sanbury
  • Carol Stevenson
  • Mary Laio
  • Rich Thompson

In this edition:

  • Margie Brumfield – SRP of the Year
  • New course mandate for new teaching assistants applying for certification
  • AFT: Reclaiming the promise
  • Have you reviewed your TRS or ERS member information lately?