News for Social Workers & Psychologists

Around the UFT | May 16, 2013 - 12:01am

What was truly on display at an April 27 conference about technical advances geared for special education students was pride of accomplishment and the resiliency, adaptability and spirit of young learners.

News stories | May 16, 2013 - 12:01am

The UFT began the first fact-finding hearing for a new contract on May 6. The dispute pivots largely on the question of pattern bargaining. The UFT’s position is that its members are entitled to the same raises as other city workers have received. The DOE counters that it can't afford it.

News stories | May 2, 2013 - 4:53pm

Thirty thousand UFT members forced to spend hundreds of hours beyond the school day logging student data onto the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System got a total of more than $38 million in back pay in April.

Vperspective | May 2, 2013 - 12:01am

The way that the special education reform has been implemented at the school level has hijacked good decision-making for students with disabilities. As high season for annual reviews approaches, now is the time to make sure that the students you serve have strong IEPs with solid program and service recommendations.

What I do | May 2, 2013 (All day)

A special education achievement coach and a member of the Teachers Assigned Chapter, Debra Tasioudis is one of about 400 UFT members who are former classroom teachers based at DOE offices, where they work in a support capacity for schools.

News | April 19, 2013 - 6:04pm

Because of our recent landmark arbitration victory, the Department of Education is issuing back pay this month to UFT members who did work outside the regular work day on the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) between September 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012. Any of you who are owed money for after-hours SESIS work during this period should receive payment in your regular April 30 paycheck.

Q & A on the issues | March 21, 2013 - 3:37pm

These questions and answers were created to address issues arising from this next chapter of the SESIS fight.

News stories | March 21, 2013 - 12:10pm

Henry Winkler, who is best known for his role as “Fonzie” in the hit TV show “Happy Days,” will receive the UFT’s most prestigious honor, the John Dewey Award, at the union's annual Spring Education Conference this year for his advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities.

News stories | March 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

The UFT has won another round in its ongoing fight with the Department of Education to provide members with the time they need to complete their work on SESIS. An arbitrator on March 13 issued a clarification of his original ruling, finding that the DOE had ignored his award when it carved out specific time in the work day to do SESIS work for some titles but not others without first negotiating with the UFT.

Q & A on the issues | January 31, 2013 - 2:19pm

The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. Read this Q&A to find out what that means for you.

Vperspective | January 17, 2013 - 11:23am

The SESIS arbitration decision and award is a great victory and a much-needed boost in a very difficult year. But while the union took the grievance to arbitration, it was you, the members, who made it a success.

News stories | January 17, 2013 - 9:31am

The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. The independent arbitrator ordered that UFT members be paid for all the time that they were logged into SESIS outside the regular workday — using the system’s own tracking of their time.

News | January 10, 2013 - 11:55am

Show your solidarity with your colleagues and your union by changing your Facebook profile picture to our I Am the Union image.

News | November 20, 2012 - 10:06am

Among the many consequences of Hurricane Sandy, we lost a week of instruction when children stayed home from school. The state requires a minimum number of instructional days, and this school year, we were close to that minimum given how the holidays fell. So in light of this unprecedented natural disaster, there was no choice but to make up that time.

News | November 4, 2012 - 10:58am

The DOE announced at 5 p.m. today that 102 schools will not be open for children on Monday, Nov. 5. Find out the details here.

Around the UFT | November 1, 2012 - 1:20pm

Voicing their questions and concerns, and eager for updates regarding union activities on the education and political fronts, members of the UFT’s chapters for social workers and psychologists, for guidance counselors and for speech improvement teachers met with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 22.

What I do | June 28, 2012 - 2:56pm

Starting her career in September 2011, White works at PS 536 at PS 102 in the Bronx, where she was elected chapter leader this June.

News stories | June 28, 2012 - 2:47pm

At a June 12 City Council hearing, the UFT called on the Department of Education to delay its overhaul of special education services for a year, saying that training for school staff and further analysis of the results of the pilot program needed to be done before proceeding.

News stories | June 14, 2012 - 1:13pm

The Department of Education’s special education overhaul has spawned fears among educators who work with children with disabilities that its focus on moving as many students as possible into general education settings will result in many children not receiving the services and support they need to thrive.

Testimony | June 12, 2012 - 6:18pm

Carmen Alvarez, UFT vice president for Special Education, testified before the New York City Council Education Committee.

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