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AFT Poll: Parents, voters reject school culture wars, support academics and safe schools

A new American Federation of Teachers poll shows that voters want to see political leaders prioritize what kids need to succeed in school: strong fundamental academic skills and safe and welcoming school environments.
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Educator expense tax deduction increases for 2022 returns

Educator expense tax deduction increased for 2022 personal income tax returns. This is the first time the deduction has increased since it was enacted in 2002.
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NYSUT members give back for MLK Day

The statewide union teamed up with the Capital District Area Labor Federation for its third annual day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16. The event took place at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham, near NYSUT headquarters, where volunteers sorted and packed produce and other items for the area’s needy.
Scarsdale TA member John Catania was honored for his heroism by New York City Mayor Eric Adams. During the ceremony, Adams issued a special proclamation naming December 27 John Catania Day. Photo provided.

Subway Samaritan: Scarsdale art teacher saves stranger’s life

“I saw someone get attacked, and it was very violent out of nowhere, and I knew someone needed to do something,” John Catania said during a press conference hosted by the New York City Mayor’s Office on Dec. 27. "She looked very alone and clearly injured in the moment. So, I just tried to do my best, tried to intervene and stop any more violence."
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Hochul’s State of the State continues commitment to public education

Declaring that the “state of the state is strong, but we still have work to do,” Gov. Kathy Hochul detailed her legislative agenda for the year ahead in her 2023 State of the State address on Jan. 10. She pledged to continue the state’s commitment to fully funding Foundation Aid, and detailed increases for a number of initiatives supported by the statewide union.
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NYSUT statement on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address

"We're eager to review the governor's full budget proposal later this month and look forward to working with her and our partners in the Legislature to ensure that the final state budget delivers on the recommendations we outlined in our Future Forward report," said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta.

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