They say they are there for us, they are listening.
Here's what I wrote them:
I want NYSUT to fight Governor Cuomo's plans to "break" the public school system.
I want NYSUT to fight to keep the charter cap where it is.
I want NYSUT to fight against Cuomo's plans to make his APPR teacher evaluation system even more punitive and instead roll back this system so destructive that Lower Hudson Valley Superintendents want it shelved immediately.
I want NYSUT to back the teacher suing NYSED and Commissioner King over her "ineffective" rating.
I want NYSUT to stop shilling for Common Core.
I want NYSUT to stop trying to cozy up to Governor Cuomo in order to garner more teacher/school-friendly policies from him when this strategy clearly has not worked.
I want NYSUT to stop selling out members for a kickback from the governor in the form of a double pension.
Finally, I want NYSUT to work with the AFT and the UFT to coordinate an effective PR campaign for public education that counters the anti-teacher PR that emanates from deformers and their politicians, one that lays out a positive, student-centered humanistic vision of education instead of the utilitarian, test-based nightmare the deformers offer.
You should send a letter too.
Go here and do it.