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AFT National Charter School Advisory Group

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Charting the course

Casey (right) with Richard O’Brien of the UFT Alliance of Charter Teachers and S Gary Schoichet Casey (right) with Richard O’Brien of the UFT Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff and Reagan Fletcher, a teacher at the Bronx Academy of Promise.

More than a dozen teacher-leaders from unionized charter schools across the country gathered at UFT headquarters for a three-day meeting of the AFT National Charter School Advisory Group. Teachers came from cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago to meet with colleagues and AFT and UFT staff and leaders at the March 18-20 event, one in a series of meetings called to develop school-based leaders and help set the course for the union’s national campaign to organize charter schools.

Rally for Jamaica HS

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‘We’re still alive’

Jamaica HS students who have turned out again and again in support of their scho Dave Sanders Jamaica HS students who have turned out again and again in support of their school join forces in one more action to save the school.
(From left) City Councilman Leroy Comrie and State Sen. Tony Avella add their vo Dave Sanders (From left) City Councilman Leroy Comrie and State Sen. Tony Avella add their voices to those of the Jamaica HS mascot, UFT Special Representative Dermott Smyth and Eterno to protest the order to close the hilltop school.

More than 100 students, staff and political leaders rallied outside Jamaica HS on March 18 in an ongoing effort to save the landmark school ordered closed by the Department of Education.

The president visits: PS 12, Queens

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Chapter Leader Pat Spotteck presents UFT President Michael Mulgrew with two PS 1 Miller Photography Chapter Leader Pat Spotteck presents UFT President Michael Mulgrew with two PS 12 t-shirts, designed by students – last year’s and this year’s shirts.
Teacher Corinne Placa asks a question. Miller Photography Teacher Corinne Placa asks a question.
Educators listen intently to Mulgrew’s presentation on the state of the educatio Miller Photography Educators listen intently to Mulgrew’s presentation on the state of the education in city schools.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew visited with educators at PS 12 in Woodside, Queens, on March 30 to share news and learn what’s going on at the school. Among topics discussed were the state budget, the expiration of the millionaire’s tax and what that means for city schools and the national focus on education reform. “It’s a wonderful time to be a teacher, don’t you feel the love from the mayor?” Mulgrew said to laughter.

UFT Welfare Fund breast cancer conference

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Staying up to date on research, treatments

UFT Welfare Fund breast cancer conferenceMiller Photography More than 85 UFT members and retirees had an opportunity to learn about new developments in the medical treatment of breast cancer and have their questions answered when Dr. Clifford Hudis, chief of Breast Cancer Medicine Service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, came to UFT headquarters for a presentation on March 29. Dr.

PS 335, Brooklyn, named a Blue Ribbon School

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Color them achievers!

Yes, they are blue — Blue Ribbon that is — and proud of it, at PS 335 in Brooklyn. Parents, community members, politicians and UFTers joined in the celebration of a school that worked hard to close the achievement gap — and succeeded.
Basking in the public recognition for a job well done are (from left) PS 335 Chapter Leader Darcy Husbands, Principal Laverne Nimmons, Assistant Principal Betty Davis, UFT District 16 Representative Ronald Mailman and UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford.

When students at PS 335 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, say they are “blue,” they don’t mean sad — they mean they attend a nationally recognized 2010 Blue Ribbon award-winning school.

One of 304 schools chosen by the U.S. Department of Education, the only school in Brooklyn, made the cut because of the strides it made in student achievement.

UFT trustees honored

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Pension protection recognized

Pension protections recognizedMiller PhotographyHonorees (from second left) Romain, Aaronson and (third from right) March with Liu (between March and Aaronson), and flanked by National Association of Securities Professionals Chair Dyce Ellis Beck (left) and its Chapter President Horatio Sparkes and member Cheryl Marrow. Longtime Teachers’ Retirement System trustees Sandra March, Mona Romain and Mel Aaronson were inducted into the Wall Street Hall of Fame on March 8. The trio, who one guest called “the consummate trifecta,” have — through their vigilance and expertise — protected the pensions of and brought peace of mind to countless UFT members through the years. In recognition of their achievements, City Comptroller John Liu presented each with an award.

The president visits: PS 226, Brooklyn

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PS 226, Brooklyn

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Mulgrew addresses the staff.

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Occupational therapist Ira Silverman asks a question.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 8 visited with the staff at PS 226 in Brooklyn, which is among the schools featured by the union in a series of videos celebrating public schools that can be viewed on the UFT's website. Mulgrew encouraged the staff to "get out into the communities and spread the good news about our many great public school successes" like PS 226.

Fighting against layoffs

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Fighting against layoffs Demonstrations have been taking place — and will continue to take place — at schools throughout the city protesting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s insistence that he needs to eliminate 6,000 teaching positions for budgetary reasons despite a $3 billion budget surplus. Teachers were joined by their students — organized by 5th-grade teacher Catherine Vail — outside of PS 156 in Brooklyn on March 3 to tell the mayor it was time to “say yes to schools” and “no to layoffs.” Teachers from the school also distributed leaflets at the Livonia Street train hub.

‘Bronx cheer’ for cuts

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‘Bronx cheer’ for cuts Miller PhotographyDiaz, with Roberts (right) at his side, addresses the press The Bronx UFT office hosted NAACP President Beverly Roberts, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and dozens of educators at a press conference on March 10 to denounce the threat of teacher layoffs and budget cuts. New PS 189 teacher Shaneeka Reid-Yates stopped in after a UFT tenure workshop to tell her story. Diaz told the group, “We know we have to do more with less, but no matter what there still should be sacred cows,” namely safety, senior services and public schools.

Asian American Heritage Committee Chinese Lunar New Year celebration

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Rabbit rules

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The event featured lions played by performers from the Golden Lion Club. Attendees, like Eileen Lew (left) and Nancy Cho of PS 42 in Manhattan, were encouraged to feed them good-luck money as they passed from table to table, according to Chinese tradition.

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Taking in the fun are (from left) Josephine Saia-Fargo, Maria Pugliese and Ita Ramirez-Irizarry of PS 153 in Queens.

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Elementary-age students from the New York Chinese Public School, a Chinese culture and language school in existence for more than 100 years, performed two dances in traditional Chinese costumes.

More than 300 UFT members, staffers and community friends and allies joined the union’s Asian American Heritage Committee to usher in the Year of the Rabbit with a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year on March 4. Attendees, including UFT President Michael Mulgrew and New York City Comptroller John Liu, were greeted by the committee’s chair, Marian Thom, and treated to an evening of entertainment and a delicious 10-course Chinese dinner at the Harmony Restaurant, on Mott Street in the heart of Chinatown, where the event has been held for the last 15 years.

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