SUNY Proposes Changing Charter School Teacher Certification Requirements

On Thursday, July 6, the SUNY Charter School Committee, proposed new regulations that would allow teachers at SUNY authorized charter schools to work without obtaining a master’s degree or passing certification exams. that is charged with overseeing SUNY authorized charter schools. The Charter School Committee is a four member sub-committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

NYSUT, along with the state’s schools chancellor and Board of Regents chair have spoken out against these proposed regulations. Posting on the official NYSUT website, President Andy Pallotta stated —

What the charter industry is essentially saying is, ‘Give me a few weeks and I’ll authorize almost anyone we want to be a teacher.’  This backdoor approach fails students and would be a grave disservice to aspiring charter teachers.  It is a travesty.

SUNY is looking for public comment on the proposals, and NYSUT urges all members to visit the Member Action Center (MAC) and voice their opposition. To read more on this topic visit the NYSUT website and

Victory for NYSUT Backed Candidate!

PelligrinoThey said it couldn’t be done! Well, we did it!

Thanks in large part to the dedicated activism of hundreds of NYSUT members and labor volunteers, Long Island teacher Christine Pellegrino won a huge upset victory this week in the special election in New York’s 9th Assembly District. The big win has become national news.
In a note of thanks, Pellegrino said, “When we work together, when we organize, when we fight back, WE WIN!” You can go to the MAC to send a personal message of congratulations and to wish her well in the state Assembly!

Upcoming NYSARA Conference …



Long Island Chapter


Friday April 28, 2017

10:30 – 12:30

Main Topic:

Ramifications to Medicare & Medicaid if Obamacare repealed

Martha Livingston, PhD, Chair, Public Health SUNY Old Westbury will be giving a presentation on impact of repealing ACA
NYSARA President, Barry Kaufmann will update on current issues we should be aware of, including proposed Constitutional Convention
NYSUT- Suffolk
150 Motor Parkway- Hauppauge (Citibank bldg)
Media Center-downstairs
Questions and RSVP to Joan Perrini at 631-273-8822

Take Action to Preserve Medicare, Social Security and the ACA

The new Congress has pledged to make drastic changes in Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act. The New York State Alliance for Retired Americans is calling on retired New Yorkers to take action and let our voices by heard by participating in the Congressional National Call-In Day on Wednesday, January 4th. and a White House National Call-In day on Monday January 23rd (866) 828-4162.