March/April 2021 Issue
February 28, 2021

A year of sacrifice brings a glimmer of hope

Source: NYSUT United
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As the pandemic took hold, school buildings across the state were forced to shut their doors by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

It’s been quite a year.

Educators have faced countless conundrums: how to teach chorus when it’s not safe to sing; how to keep students reading when the library is closed. They’ve had to navigate conducting classes online without home internet access.

These concerns were not limited to the pre-K–12 classroom. NYSUT members on college campuses across the state continue to grapple with similar concerns.

There are, however, glimmers of hope.

Educators have established new routines for pandemic teaching; and improvements on the vaccine front signal a path to a safer return to in-person schooling. NYSUT’s legislative department and scores of volunteer political advocates are demanding the resources we need, P–20, to get through the pandemic and plan for the years ahead.

“NYSUT members have done so much with so little,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. “We want them to know that we see them, we hear them and we are going to continue to fight for them.”

At our new "Shared Success" page at, we're highlighting members’ work and the strides made to emerge stronger, more united and prepared to face the challenges ahead.

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