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Testimony | December 5, 2016

UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus testfied before the New York State Assembly Education Committee regarding current and new methods to support and improve the academic success of English language learner students.

News | December 2, 2016

If her appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Betsy DeVos will be responsible for enacting Trump’s signature education proposal to use $20 billion in federal funding — perhaps by siphoning the $15 billion in Title I funds that go to public schools serving the country’s poorest children — for block grants to states to support vouchers for low-income children to attend private schools.

News stories | December 1, 2016

For most public school students in New York City, the old adage holds true: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a coalition of labor unions including the UFT, food advocates, elected officials and educators is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change that.


News briefs | December 1, 2016

In Alabama and Virginia, voters considered measures on Election Day to amend their state constitutions to bar unions from collecting fair-share fees from workers who opt not to join the union even though federal law requires unions to represent all workers in the bargaining unit.

News briefs | December 1, 2016
Oregon and Oklahoma voters rejected ballot measures that would have provided extra funding for public schools and teachers.
News briefs | December 1, 2016

Three incumbent Supreme Court justices in Washington state won re-election on Nov. 8, surviving a $1.4 million onslaught by charter-school advocates and other conservative groups intent on unseating them

News briefs | December 1, 2016

Georgia voters rejected a proposal, known as Amendment 1, which would have allowed the state to temporarily take over the lowest-performing schools.

News briefs | December 1, 2016
Voters in California approved a ballot measure granting the state’s public schools more power to develop their own bilingual and multilingual education programs.
News briefs | December 1, 2016
A Massachusetts ballot question that would have lifted the state’s charter school cap was overwhelmingly defeated on Election Day. Sixty-two percent of voters rejected the proposal, known as Question 2.
News stories | December 1, 2016

The Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly, coming on the day after Election Day, was suffering from a collective election-results hangover of, well, Trumpian proportions.

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