News for Paraprofessionals

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.

Feature stories | January 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

For many low-income workers, the most formidable barrier to higher-paying, more stable jobs is the cost of a college education.
That barrier is scaled by the UFT Paraprofessional Chapter’s career ladder, officially called the Career Training Program, a benefit fought for and won by the UFT in the first DOE-UFT paraprofessional contract in 1969.

News stories | January 3, 2019 - 1:00am

The Department of Education employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing occupational therapy to adapting computers for special needs children. Here is how the UFT represents them.

Info you should know | January 3, 2019 - 12:32am

Paraprofessionals, including one-on-one paras, are entitled to a duty-free lunch period. Lunchroom supervision may not be assigned to paras.

News stories | January 3, 2019 - 12:21am

Teamwork often comes into play when UFT members are doing their jobs — and sometimes, as it did at lunchtime on Nov. 7 at the Richard H. Hungerford School, a District 75 school in Stapleton, Staten Island, it can save a life.

Vperspective | December 6, 2018 - 5:37pm

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

Feature stories | December 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

Activist Velma Hill and UFT founder Albert Shanker had crossed paths in the civil rights movement. So when Hill, armed with a master’s in education from Harvard, decided she wanted to organize paraprofessionals, she approached Shanker in 1968.

Know your rights | December 6, 2018 - 2:44pm

If you are a paraprofessional, have you ever wondered what your rights are in terms of leave time and absence from work? You earn one sick leave day for every month in which you are in service for at least 16 calendar days. The maximum number of sick leave days earnable in a school year is 10 for September through June.

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 | November 1, 2018 - 1:39pm

The tentative DOE-UFT contract announced on Oct. 11 features important improvements for paraprofessionals, including job protections like due process rights similar to those of teachers.

Feature stories | November 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Everyone loves a good party. What makes the monthly parties at PS 151 in Brooklyn really special is that students earn them with their hard work and good behavior. 


News stories | November 1, 2018 - 3:00am

The overriding theme of the proposed DOE-UFT contract agreement is empowering educators to fight for the working conditions they need to do their jobs.

Editorials | November 1, 2018 - 1:00am

Paraprofessionals have been called the backbone of every classroom. Our proposed contract agreement with the city recognizes their contribution to our schools.

Know your rights | November 1, 2018 - 1:00am

Here are some important things to know about IEPs, IEP team decisions, teacher assignments, ICT classes and self-contained classes if you work with students with disabilities.

Feature stories | November 1, 2018 - 1:00am

Shelvy Young-Abrams, who leads the 29,000-member UFT Paraprofessional Chapter that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has come a long way from the young single mom who became involved in education through volunteer work at her daughters' Manhattan elementary school.

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. 


Info you should know | October 4, 2018 - 1:00am

Paraprofessionals are core members of every school community, and this year is the kickoff of the 50th anniversary of the UFT’s Paraprofessionals Chapter. To recognize paras and this special anniversary, UFT members are encouraged to honor a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to their school, community and union. 

Chapter news | July 11, 2018 - 9:19am

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY is offering the Leap to Teacher program for paraprofessionals interested in continuing their higher education.

News | June 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Download the presentations from the UFT's Safety and Health trainings on June 7, 2018. 

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

There’s a new mural outside 751M in the East Village that staff members say captures the diversity, individuality and love of the nearly 60 students who created it.

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