On Monday, October 15, State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who represents Senate District #2, told an Albany radio audience that teachers unions, including NYSUT, represent “the forces of evil.”
Since becoming Senate Majority Leader Senator Flanagan has consistently worked against public education and in favor of charter schools. During the current election season NYSUT is not endorsing any candidates who voted with Senator Flanagan on bills designed to enhance the number and financing of charter schools.
Senator Flanagan sees the union endorsements as evil, and part of a plot by outsiders to unseat the New York State majority. He fails to realize that members of teacher’s unions are constituents, and that union endorsements go to members of both parties. NYSUT is non-partisan in its endorsements, supporting candidates who will work for public education, students and teachers.
A listing of NYSUT candidates for state and national office will be posted later this week.
R-UTN member John Kobel is working to keep our members updated about developments related to related to the Middleville / Northport Middle School property. What follows is his most recent report.
To all R-UTN Members: I am sending you the results of a query that was sent to all staff that ever worked in the Middleville Road school, going all the way back to the 1960s. All of the emails and phone calls received have been compiled, and thanks to my friend Bill Ingui, retired Social Studies teacher, the results are presented in an easy-to-read spreadsheet. Middleville_Health_Study
In case you are not aware, in the last two heavy rainstorms there was flooding in the halls of the school, including in the recently completed, new K wing. Water leaked into some of the classrooms as well.
Miles Lerner, Incoming Northport High School Freshman, was on his way to cross country practice on Tuesday morning, September 4, when his was hit by a car on Laurel Hill Road and severely injured. Miles was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remains in the pediatric intensive care unit with multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. According to Newsday, the driver of the car was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration and uninsured vehicle.
Miles’s family has set up a fund raising website to offset the mounting medical bills. For more information on how you can help, visit the Fundrazr Website.
Thanks to R-UTN member Teddy Emanuel for providing the following information on an organization in need of volunteers.
Founded in 1982, Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) is Long Island’s leading non-profit resource on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and provider of youth violence prevention and child safety education to all K-12 Nassau and Suffolk schools. CAPS offers in-classroom, developmentally appropriate, multi-media workshops. The programs are designed for small classroom settings to engage students and encourage active participation.
As a CAPS Volunteer Presenter, you can parlay your interest in bully prevention and child safety into a learning and often life-changing experience for a child…particularly one in need of help.
Training is offered to those who qualify, at the CAPS office in Roslyn. 516-621-0552 www.capsli.org