The New York State United Teachers and Kerry Kennedy are scheduled to introduce a new lesson on bullying Monday that will be added to the existing human rights cirriculum for New York’s public schools known as Speak Truth to Power.

NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi will join Kennedy and her mother, Ethel, as well as anti-bullying activist Jamie Nabozny at 10 a.m. at Beacon High School in midtown Manhattan to talk to students about bullying.

Nabozny, according to NYSUT’s press release, is the latest “defender” to be included in the STTP curriculum. Nabozny, with the help of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, won a landmark federal lawsuit (and eventually settled for close to $1 million) against school administrators in his home state of Wisconsin who failed to a spate of stop brutal anti-gay bullying at his school of which he was the target.

He now speaks in schools across the country about the destructive nature of school bullying, and his story is the subject of a documentary, Bullied, produced by The Southern Poverty Law Center.

Kennedy is president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. She’s also the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the mother of his three daughters.

After a bitter and very high-profile split following Cuomo’s failed 2002 gubernatorial bid, Kennedy and Cuomo appear to have settled into an amicable post-divorce relationship. She was not shy about publicly praising him, for example, following his successful push to legalize same-sex marriage this past summer.

She has kept her hand in New York politics, advocating on behalf of farmworkers – crusade that oddly allied her with former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., whom Cuomo targeted as AG. Kennedy has also not ruled out the possibility that she might run for office herself some day.

NYSUT gave its top honor to Kennedy last April following a bruising budget battle during which the union and the governor were at odds on his proposed deep education funding cuts (eventually approved by the Legislature). At the time, the union insisted its decision to give an award to Kennedy was not politically motivated, even though NYSUT was one of the few groups to actually air ads against Cuomo during the budget fight. The union was one of the few not to endorse Cuomo in 2010.

Iannuzzi was on CapTon earlier this week to discuss the possibility of a new legal challenge of what education advocates say is a long-standing inequity in the state’s foundation aid formula that disproportionately hurts low-income districts. I asked about his union’s uneasy relationship with the governor and what the outlook for 2012 might be.

“I like to believe every year is a brand new year,” Iannuzzi replied. “I have learned a lot about the governor, and I think the governor has learned a lot about me. I think we are going to have an excellent relationship going forward.”