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News | February 4, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to provide six weeks of paid parental leave to the city’s 20,000 nonunion, managerial employees was welcome news to the city’s labor leaders and advocates of enlightened labor policies but it came with a cost: the Mayor’s Office unilaterally canceled a 2017 raise of 0.47 percent for some managers and reduced the number of leave days for its longest-serving city employees.

News stories | February 4, 2016

The UFT is calling on the state Legislature to enact “anti-creaming” laws requiring taxpayer-funded charter schools and networks to accept and keep high-needs students in numbers comparable to those in public schools.

News stories | February 4, 2016

Throwing down the gauntlet before the governor’s budget address, parents and other education advocates on Jan. 10 called on the state to pay the billions of dollars it owes New York City public schools.

News stories | February 4, 2016

Teacher departures are once again on the rise after a brief slowdown following the 2008 recession, according to a new UFT analysis of city Department of Education payroll data.

News stories | February 4, 2016

Governor Cuomo embraced community schools and universal pre-K in his State of the State address on Jan. 13. “We’ve come a long way from last year,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

News stories | February 4, 2016

Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter school chain is under fire from all sides for its harsh discipline policies and treatment of students with special needs.
The network, the city’s largest operator of charter schools, now faces an investigation by the institute that licenses charter schools in the state as well as a federal lawsuit filed by parents and a formal complaint lodged by parents with the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.


Testimony | February 4, 2016

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford testified before the Joint City Council Committee on Education and General Welfare regarding the DOE's support for students who are homeless or in temporary housing.

News stories | February 4, 2016

An online survey conducted during the January Delegate Assembly confirmed the difficulties with school safety and discipline that educators are facing.

News stories | February 4, 2016

More than 600 schools get a funding boost in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary 2017 city budget. The mayor also underscored his commitment to college readiness with support for an array of programs that will better prepare high school students for higher education.

News stories | February 4, 2016

The DOE has announced that it will begin departmentalizing math instruction for 5th-graders in elementary schools to make sure more eighth-graders are prepared for algebra.

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