September 6, 2018

Our members ‘suited’ to teach all students

Since when does a “coalition of Muslim, Jewish and Christian schools” get to decide how their share of $74 million in federal funding is spent providing educational services for their students [“Holy schools’ UFT ‘purge’ suspicious,” July 4]?

Opposing viewpoints

When a new presidential rule stated that tuning the TV to Fox News would be standard operating procedure aboard Air Force One, I couldn’t help but wonder what type of education Donald Trump received.


Regarding “A look back and a farewell” [July 5]: The Speech Improvement Chapter was well-established before 1991.

Specialized admissions

The gross underrepresentation of the black and Hispanic students in the elite high schools is the direct result of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s utter failure to provide equal opportunity for success for all students, regardless of race or culture, from the time they enter school in pre-K to the time they leave school after the 8th grade. 

Sticking with the union

I was a chapter leader for 24 years in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the UFT was the mainstay of our survival.

Second time’s a charm

Regarding the July 5 Research Shows column “Students gain from having same teacher twice,” I have done it twice — one time for three years (an awesome experience) and the last time for two years. It is easier for all involved — students, parents, paras and teachers.

July 5, 2018

Trump blowing it on drug costs
President Trump went back on his promise to have Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices as the most effective way to reduce prices.
Keep the admissions tests

Although well-intentioned, Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to make admissions to New York’s specialized high schools more equitable — by removing the SHSAT and replacing it with a new admissions process based on the students’ rank in their middle school and their results on statewide tests — would lower academic standards.

Standardized testing fails
My oldest granddaughter was in 7th grade this year and the younger one was in 4th.
Remembering Charlie Sutera

I just read about the passing of Charles Sutera [June 7].

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