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Mulgrew: Truth will move school system forward

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2013 UFT Spring Education Conference

UFT President Michael Mulgrew delivers his speech. Miller Photography

UFT President Michael Mulgrew delivers his speech.

Calling it a “pivotal time in the history of our school system,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew focused on the need to rebuild public education in New York City after Mayor Bloomberg in his speech at the union’s annual Spring Education Conference at the New York Hilton on May 11.

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Weren’t always ‘Happy Days’ for actor-turned-advocate

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2013 UFT Spring Education Conference

2013 Dewey Award winner Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler delivers his John Dewey Award acceptance speech. Miller Photography

Henry Winkler delivers his John Dewey Award acceptance speech.

Long before Henry Winkler stole the show on the hit sitcom “Happy Days” with his character Fonzie, a kind of Zen greaser who was the epitome of cool in the 1970s, he spent miserable years as the epitome of a child with undiagnosed dyslexia.

That New York City child, who said he was told that he was “stupid and lazy” and covered his shame as the class clown starting from his days at PS 87 on the Upper West Side, was honored with the UFT’s prestigious John Dewey Award.

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Resolution to support the 2013 Gay Pride March

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WHEREAS, the United Federation of Teachers has a rich and proud history of standing up for civil and human rights, promoting issues of fair pay, safe working conditions, health care and equal rights free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, color, national origin or sexual orientation; and

WHEREAS, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan; therefore be it

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District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance

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Recognizing dedication, service

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Members from IS 5 cheer their principal as he receives his award. More photos >>

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The award winners surround Parker (center, back row).

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PS 229 Chapter Leader Loretta Tumbarello holds Sfiroudis’ award as the school’s librarian tells of walking the early UFT picket lines.

For the 450 celebrants at the 12th annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance, it was an evening to honor a broad education constituency for its dedication and service. Honoree Gloria Sfiroudis, a librarian at PS 229, spoke of her many years as a UFT activist, beginning with the early picket lines in 1954 when her yearly salary was $3,200. And she’s still going strong.

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‘You go to work and make it happen’

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27th annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon

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Holding their plaques are award winners (from left) Aracelia Cook, Marlene Delgado, Doreen Schafer, Cathy Eberle, Althea Hunter, Patricia Lettiere and Pauline Ruggiero. With them are (back, from left) Chapter Chair Mona Gonzalez and New York State Sen. Diane Savino, the keynote speaker. More photos >>

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The audience of more than 200 school secretaries and their supporters listens to the speakers at the luncheon.

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Brooklyn Secretary of the Year Cathy Eberle, of PS 100, shares a laugh with her borough president, Marty Markowitz.

“The schools don’t work without you there,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said as he welcomed some 200 school secretaries — and the co-workers and family members who came to support them — to the 27th annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon on April 27 at union headquarters.

“If a child is lost and doesn’t know where to go, you help out. A bewildered teacher doesn’t understand the pay stub, you lead them through it. You go to work and you make it happen,” Mulgrew added.

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May 11, 2013

Mulgrew’s address at spring conference

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for a truth commission to investigate what has happened to city schools over the past 11 years under Bloomberg. “The truth will set us free and let us move the school system forward,” he said.

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May 11, 2013

Winkler accepts John Dewey Award at spring conference

Henry Winkler spoke with emotion and humor about growing up with undiagnosed dyslexia. “I spent a third of my time covering up my shame,” he said. “I did it with humor. I was the class clown.”

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