NYSUTNew York State United Teachers
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In 2014, a year prior to NYSUT's endorsement of test refusal, approximately 60,000 students opted out of taking the state exams.
NYSUT endorsed a slate of candidates for the November election that includes Destino, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 62nd District State Senate seat, and Assemblyman John Ceretto of Lewiston, a Republican who is unopposed for re-election.
Despite that, NYSUT spokesperson Carl Korn downplayed his criticism of Cuomo, telling the Brooklyn RAIL that "the Cuomo administration has respected the role of collective bargaining," noting that he hasn't threatened this basic right like Walker had.
In early 2009, for example, the NYSUT lobbied for the elimination from the state budget of a planned $51 million increase in charter school funding, and for the inclusion of a significant increase in funding for traditional public school districts.
NYSUT's letter stated that over forty years of research "demonstrated that quality early childhood education results in greater academic achievement throughout ones [sic] educational experiences." (119) The earlier one starts an educational experience, the greater the participation as model citizens in the community.
And while the nationally focused AFT gave almost exclusively to Democrats, the NYSUT took a more bipartisan approach, giving 52 percent to Democrats and 34 percent to Republicans, with the remainder going to non-partisan groups.
Steiner called Richard Iannuzzi, head of the powerful New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and invited NYSUT to begin discussions about "how we could get to an agreement on the teacher evaluations." The union accepted.
The increase is due primarily to the merger of the NEA afffliate with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).
The New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) issued a statement in support of this legislation, saying, "NYSUT has a long-standing commitment to providing and protecting the health care needs of our members and their families over the span of their lives.
In "Brighter Choices in Albany" (features, Fall 2009), New York's antiunion charter spokesmen misstated New York State United Teachers' (NYSUT) position on charter schools.
* On September 4, 2006, the merger of NEA-New York and NYSUT increased membership by 350,797.
The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which boasted 600,000 members and had a retirement fund of $70 billion, was considered the most powerful lobbying group in the state.