NYSUT endorsements hold senators accountable for APPR votes –
At its three-day Presidents Conference on Endorsements, NYSUT withheld support from every state senator who voted for more charter schools and against reforms to the state’s broken testing and evaluation system in the waning hours of the legislative session, but backed dozens of other candidates for state and federal office. The local presidents and political activists at the conference made “no endorsement” in the race for governor, but endorsed Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for state attorney general.
Last week the Supreme Court issued it’s ruling in the Janus Case, deciding in a 5-4 decision, that public sector employees across the nation can no longer be required to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. In light of this ruling, we thought it necessary to alert our member to recent activity designed specifically to alienate in-service teachers and urge them to quit their union. Within hours of the Janus decision, a $10 million campaign was launched with the goal of breaking teachers’ unions across the United States.
The Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy has flooded public-school teachers emails nationwide advising them how to leave their unions. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a Michigan-based think-tank, which in December of 2017 filed a 55-page amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Janus suit. What is even more troubling is that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have been major donors to the Mackinac Center.
Please alert your friends and family who are in-inservice NYSUT members about these potentially harmful emails, and visit the NYSUT Website for more information on NYSUT on the issue.
A note from the R-UTN Executive Baord — The R-UTN is made up of individuals who retired from the Northport – East Northport district as members of the United Teachers of Northport. We are all very different people, with differing political views, and as such this website strives to avoid posting overt political messages. We do, on occasion, publish information of a political nature that is sent to us from NYSUT as it relates to the quality, and protection, of public education in the state. We do not directly endorse or comment on individual candidates, or make comments or claims about candidates or members of the state or national administration. The naming of the Secretary of Education is not something we do lightly, but this issue is too important to the future of American public education to be ignored.
Adding pressure to change APPR
As you know the State Assembly overwhelmingly passed an APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) bill that begins to reverse some of the worst points of the current APPR regulations. As you may also know the bill has stalled in the Republican controlled Senate, even though a majority of senators have signed on as co-sponsors.
If by next Thursday the bill has not moved in the Senate, NYSUT is suggesting we show our displeasure with demonstrations across the state at the local offices of those senators who have not signed on to the bill and/or have been instrumental in blocking movement of the bill.
In Suffolk County at this time only Senators Flanagan and Croci have not signed on to support the bill. We hope that will change by next week. Watch for an update.
Visit the NYSUT website for more information on what APPR means.