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Works for resources to help students who are striving to reach higher standards; Encourages smaller class sizes through legislation; supports competitive salaries to recruit qualified teachers; fights for state aid increases so newly hired teachers can be safe from financially motivated layoffs; advocates affordable tuition at public colleges to keep graduate program costs down; and lobbies for mentor program legislation to provide critical support to new teachers. 

VOTE-COPE Payroll Deduction Form

Send the VOTE-COPE Payroll Deduction form to Cheryl Outwater to enroll or increase


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


PRTA Executive Council
and Building Representatives
May 1,2019 - April 30, 2021

PresidentKevin O'ConnorMiddle School
Vice-PresidentCathleen FinnicanHigh School
Grievance ChairpersonScott LouisLincoln Ave.
TreasurerRick UrvaterMiddle School
Recording SecretaryBeth KurzawaMiddle School
Corresponding SecretaryKaren DiMennaLincoln Ave.
Welfare Benefit TrustRosann WhippleMiddle School
H.S. Vice-PresidentTim McNerneyHigh School
M.S. Vice-PresidentFiona RobinsonMiddle School
EvansTom PriceEvans Park
Lincoln Ave.Devin StoneLincoln Ave.
Franklin Ave.Cathy MulliganFranklin Ave