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April 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 8, 2013

NYSUT propaganda

TO THE EDITOR: New York State United Teachers has a statewide campaign under way feigning concern for the adverse effect testing will have on our kids.

NYSUT ran a full-page ad in the March 28 Press-Republican signed by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi. The ad, “An open letter about testing: what parents and community members need to know,” stated that NYSUT “fully supports the principle of accountability for students and educators.”

Does NYSUT think we are that gullible? The tests that NYSUT claims they are being blindsided with have been in the works for two years. The data and money trail make it obvious that NYSUT could care less about the education of our kids or accountability of schools.

Look at the data: New York state is ranked an abysmal 32nd in a country that is ranked 17th in the world: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/.

Costs are $20,000 per student in New York (more than any other state). Follow the NYSUT perks at:http://www.unionfacts.com/local/employees/70581/AFT/0/

* Iannuzzi’s 2011 compensation was over $301,000.

* North Country Regional NYSUT Director John Harvey’s 2011 compensation was over $189,000.

* NYSUT spends big: $329,000 at The Desmond, $337,000 at Gurney’s Inn Resort & Spa, $424,000 at Otesaga Hotel, $118,000 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.

The list of “overhead” is long; see: http://www.unionfacts.com/local/spending/70581/AFT/Overhead

NYSUT is an obstructionist organization. The ad is designed to upset the community and undermine attempts at reform.

NYSUT will continue to allow school programs and education to be thrown under the bus because their perks are threatened by reform. Don’t be fooled by their propaganda.

It’s not our schools or our kids’ education NYSUT is concerned about. Follow the money.

JOHN SIMS

Plattsburgh

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Funding reductions

TO THE EDITOR: I am deeply concerned about the reduction in state funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the recently passed budget.

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