News for Hearing Officers Session

News stories | March 7, 2019 - 3:00am

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

Editorials | March 7, 2019 - 1:00am

It’s not right to dance on a grave, but with SESIS we’ll make an exception.

Editorials | January 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

The largest school district in the nation has an unacceptably low number of buildings that are accessible for students with disabilities.

Vperspective | December 6, 2018 - 5:37pm

Let me introduce myself. I’m MaryJo Ginese, the union’s new vice president for special education.

News stories | December 6, 2018 - 11:40am

When UFT President Michael Mulgrew introduced Carmen Alvarez, the winner of the Charles Cogen Award at Teacher Union Day, he praised her passion for advocating for special needs children during her 28 years as the UFT vice president for special education.

News stories | October 4, 2018 - 12:53pm

Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990. 

What I do | September 10, 2015 (All day)

For 14 years, Neil Tolciss has mediated hearings on possible violations of the city’s quality-of-life laws, such as noise, sanitation and fire codes.

News stories | June 4, 2015 - 12:21am

After more than eight years without a contract, administrative law judges represented by the UFT have ratified their first-ever agreement with the city. Judges' pay will rise 36 percent over the course of the 11-year contract.

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