It's all about RESPECT. That's what NYSUT is pushing in New York state and with the national media, and Time magazine in particular.
It's not too late to add your name to the American Federation of Teachers online petition demanding that Time magazine apologize for calling teachers the "rotten apples" in our schools.
The AFT launched the petition drive last week when the outrageous cover was released. Since then more than 90,000 educators, parents and other allies have signed on to demand Time editors apologize to America's teachers for the "misleading and hyperbolic attack."
AFT President Randi Weingarten and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew will deliver the petition signatures at 3 p.m. today at the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan.
Activists are also organizing a virtual rally so supporters across the country can join the delivery. You can sign up to join the virtual delivery now, using a platform called Thunderclap to simultaneously post across social media.
When you join, you can choose to post to Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Whichever you choose, Thunderclap will automatically post for you at 3 p.m. - just as the petitions are being delivered.
NYSUT President Karen Magee said both the in-person special delivery and the virtual nationwide "rally" will send a loud and clear message: "We're tired of the gratuitous bashing of teachers and public schools," she said.