Frequently Asked Questions

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Leaves | Rating:
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Eligible teachers with 14 years of service can apply for a one-year Educational Research Project sabbatical. The research project has to be in the field of in education and job-related. The project must be significantly rigorous and must have evident links that translate into improved instructional delivery of content to students.  An outline and the subject of the research including the activities that will be undertaken will have to be attached to the sabbatical application....Read More >
Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Grievances | Rating:
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In most cases, a grievance must be filed within 30 school days from the time you have knowledge of the act or condition that violates the contract. However, in certain types of grievances, the time limits are shorter. For example, all reorganization grievances must be filed within two school [work] days of your knowledge of or receipt of your assignment. Most per session grievances must also be filed within two school days.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Excessing | Rating:
4.25

Excessing is the process of reducing staff in a particular school when the number of available positions in a title or license area in that school is lower than the number of people in the school who require an assignment in that title or license area. It usually occurs in June in preparation for the next school year. People who are excessed maintain their full pay, benefits and rights under the UFT contract. Excessed staff may then seek other positions. In contrast, the term “layoff” refers...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Excessing | Rating:
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If the school’s budget or a drop in enrollment requires a reduction in staff, the principal decides which license area(s) to reduce positions in. Excessing then is done in that license in inverse seniority order; that is, the person with the least seniority in that license (counting all service in any license in the city school system) is declared in excess.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Class Sizes | Rating:
5

Class sizes and staffing ratios (including teachers and paraprofessionals) in self-contained special education classes are determined by the needs of the students as reflected in their IEPs. The ratios are based on state regulations and NYC Department of Education policy. They may be as low as six students to one teacher and one paraprofessional for those with very high needs to 12 or 15 students in elementary/middle and high school respectively with one teacher. Speak to your UFT chapter...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Excessing | Rating:
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According to the UFT/DOE contract, you must be informed in writing by June 15 if you will be in excess for the next school year.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Excessing | Rating:
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Excessing is not layoff. A person in excess is not out of a job. Under the contract, if you are excessed you must first register on the online Open Market Transfer system. You will continue to work and receive your full pay and benefits. You can also check your status (Excessed or Not Excessed) on Open Market. This is helpful, because receiving an excess letter from your principal does not guarantee that you are excessed. After...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Excessing | Rating:
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Once in excess, you must register on the online Open Market Transfer system. You may apply for any vacancies in your license area throughout the city.

When there is a vacancy in a district, the DOE will send ATRs in that district and license area to be considered for placement. If the school's principal accepts the placement, that person will be assigned to work in that school for the year. If the principal denies the...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: COPE | Rating:
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The simplest way to contribute to COPE is by signing a payroll deduction form, which pledges you to pay a specified amount of your choice each month to the COPE fund. You can contribute as much as you like; typically members contribute at least $5 per month. To sign up, see your chapter leader or contact COPE at 212-598-7747.

You can also get involved in COPE by participating in political actions. At election time, you can join the phone banking to UFT members or help get out the vote...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Class Sizes | Rating:
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Collaborative Team Teaching is now referred to as Integrated Co-Teaching. The number of students with disabilities in an Integrated Co-Teaching class may not exceed 40 percent of the total class register with a maximum of 12 students with disabilities. The class as a whole must adhere to general education class size limits.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: COPE | Rating:
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Through political action, the UFT fights to protect funding for the classroom and other services that city residents depend on, as well as our members’ retirement, health and other benefits and workplace rights. In addition to helping your students and making your job more gratifying, you can benefit directly from this advocacy, which is made possible by the voluntary contributions of members to the COPE fund.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: COPE | Rating:
4.4

The Committee on Political Education (COPE) is the UFT’s political action arm. It funds lobbying of federal, state and city officials and helps elect candidates who support the union’s goals and positions, particularly in the areas of education, labor and human rights, regardless of party affiliation.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Construction Work | Rating:
5

If you find damaged or disturbed building materials such as plaster or floor tiles, assume these materials contain potentially hazardous materials until otherwise noted and contact your UFT borough health and safety representative. Similarly, damaged or disturbed exterior caulk may contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Contact the health and safety representative at your UFT borough office.

Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Construction Work | Rating:
4.5

Yes, there must be a protocol meeting prior to the commencement of an SCA construction and renovation project and the UFT chapter leader must be present. There also must be a protocol meeting prior to the commencement of DOE Division of School Facilities (DSF) repair, renovation and/or construction work that will disturb/involve more than 100 square feet of building materials. More details about the protocols that must be followed can be found in...

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Posted Aug 4, 2010 | Category: Construction Work | Rating:
5

The School Construction Authority (SCA) is supposed to conduct construction and renovation projects after the regular school day. The DOE Division of School Facilities (DSF) may conduct repairs and maintenance as well as small construction and renovation projects during the school day. However, asbestos abatement projects, whether conducted by the SCA or the DOE DSF, may be conducted only when the building is not occupied.

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