May 31, 2018

UPDATE: NYSUT plans statewide protests over tabled testing reform legislation

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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ALBANY, N.Y., May 31, 2018 —Scores of New York State United Teachers members will protest outside the district offices of nine state senators starting at 4 p.m. Friday, June 1. The protests are in response to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s failure to bring Senate bill S.8301 to the floor for a vote. The bill would fix the state’s broken testing and teacher evaluation system, and end New York’s test-and-punish era.

To encourage Flanagan to allow a vote, NYSUT commissioned a mobile billboard to circle the state Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday. It reads, “Senator Flanagan: If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. Pass S.8301 now.”

Rallies will take place at 4 p.m. Friday at the following locations:

Sen. Carl Marcellino
250 Townsend Square
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
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Sen. Rich Funke
230 Packetts Landing
Fairport, NY 14450
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Sen. George Amedore
721 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
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Sen. Terrence Murphy
691 E. Main St.
Shrub Oak, NY 10588
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Sen. Sue Serino
4254 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Sen. Tom O’Mara
333 East Water St.
Elmira, NY 14901
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Sen. Chris Jacobs
65 Court St. (Mahoney State Offices)
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Sen. Fred Akshar
44 Hawley St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
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Sen. Martin Golden
7408 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY  11209
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Senate bill S.8301 would reduce the state’s over-reliance on flawed standardized tests and fix the state’s broken teacher evaluation system. A companion Assembly bill passed by a 131-1 vote in early May. Learn more about S.8301 and the union's call for New York State to "let us teach and let them learn" at

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.