President Magee and General Counsel Rich Casagrande appeared in court to defend tenure

In opening legal arguments on Wednesday, NYSUT and UFT legal teams and city and state officials argued that the lawsuit against tenure in New York be dismissed before going to trial. 

During the hearing, Richard Casagrande, NYSUT general counsel, accused the plaintiffs of trying to eliminate due process rights for teachers, noting that "due process is a basic, fundamental right."

NYSUT president Karen Magee attended the hearing, and told reporters that "tenure gives teachers the right to advocate for students." She added, "The whole premise behind the case is unfounded." 

Each side was given a total of 50 minutes to present arguments. We now await the judge's decision.

NYSUT has launched an ad campaign prior to the 2015 legislative session

NYSUT call upon the governor and state lawmakers to pass a budget that fairly funds all school districts in New York.  Read more by clicking here.

NYSUT launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign this week urging Gov. Cuomo to move beyond politics and ensure the state adequately and equitably funds its public schools.

The 30-second, documentary-style television ad features a narrator reading from a Jan. 5 New York Times editorial headlined, "The central crisis in New York education."

"Gov. Cuomo's forthcoming State of the State address is expected to focus on what can be done to improve public education," the narrator reads as quotes from the editorial appear on the screen. "If he is serious about the issue, he'll have to move beyond peripheral concerns and political score-settling ... and go to the heart of the matter ... that the state has not met its constitutional responsibility to ensure adequate school funding."

Here's the ad and here's NYSUT's announcement of the campaign launch.

Meet Our New Office Manager

Cathy, the office manager for the Teachers' Association(TA), has retired. She has been our "go-to" person for many years.  We hated to see her go, but wish her all the best in this next stage of her life.  

The Teachers' Association has  a new office manager. Meet Chrissy James.  (If she looks familiar, it is not your imagination. She is Cathy's daughter!)

It is that time of the year again - Your HHHART Dues are due.

Each current member has received their dues note whether via email or snail mail.  We ask that you submit your renewal in a timely fashion.  You can access the dues form be clicking the link below -

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A Message from our President - March 2014

I've been contacted by Tobi Phillips, former AHAP teacher at HHH who wants to reach out to HHH Retirees as candidates for part-time teaching in the  Village East Gifted School.  I thought we might have some members who would be interested in this opportunity.   She has openings right now so I thought our website might be the best way to reach people.  For additional information about the school, you may visit it at - VillageEastGifted.com

Click the file below if you are interested.
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In unity,
Joan Petroske 

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HHHART Events - 2014

Fall Luncheon
Thursday, September 18

Thank you Honey Kellman for planning a wonderful day.  View the pictures in the photo gallery. Our infamous photographer, Alice Langholz has done it again - the pictures are great!

HHHART Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 18th

The annual meeting proved to be very informative and well attended.  Take a look at our photo gallery by clicking the link at the top of this page.