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May 2, 2019

Student discipline

Regarding “A better approach to student discipline” [President’s Perspective, April 4], I would suggest new ideas might be considered. There is a subtle violence against the students (and teachers) where publishers of curriculum aligned with the Common Core learning standards and other prescriptive directives serve the bottom line of these publishers and tie the hands of teachers — who are blamed for low reading scores.

Students deserve better leadership

It was great to read about the teachers at Forest Hills HS [“UFT chapter at Forest Hills HS votes ‘no confidence’ in principal,” April 4] taking action against a terrible principal. I tell people that although I greatly miss working with the kids, I am mercifully retired from the New York City schools. Let me just say that considering my experiences in the system, Betsy DeVos comes as no surprise.

Is there a place for religion in schools?

My wife receives the New York Teacher. I read the article about the UFT United Community Schools Showcase [“We’re building whole children,” April 4] and commend the teachers, children and various successes at PS/IS184.

A failing exam

I am a licensed 8th-grade English language arts teacher and reading specialist. In April, I proctored the 8th-grade ELA exam and encountered several problems.

Specialized high school admissions

Regarding “Stuy High and beyond” [Editorials, April 4]: Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to punish excellence and reward mediocrity by changing the admissions policy for the city’s specialized high schools. Perhaps your concern should be directed to the schools these less-gifted kids come from and not to where you would like them to go. If you want no inequity and total diversity in a society, I suggest you go to another planet.

April 4, 2019

Betsy right on college speakers

Since 2016, the UFT has been critical of the leadership of the U.S. Department of Education, provided by Betsy DeVos. However, I think we owe her a “thank you” and congratulations for taking on the political correctness scourge that has swept our colleges in the form of students being allowed — and not reprimanded by the administration — to shut down speakers they don’t like and to harass Jewish students.

No thanks

The New York Times’ Feb. 19 opinion piece [“Betsy DeVos vs. Student Veterans”] rightly vilifies U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the cynical way her department targeted veterans and turned what should be a straight-forward GI benefit into a scam for parasitic for-profit colleges.

March 7, 2019

Differing views on immigrants

Regarding James J. D’Amico’s letter “Country’s benefits ‘reserved for legal citizens’” [Feb. 7], I am sorry he is unaware that undocumented immigrants are guaranteed the right to attend public school according to the U.S. Supreme Court (Plyler v. Doe, 1982).

Medicare needs ability to negotiate drug prices

The drug industry is making the largest profits it ever has made because Medicare does not have the right to negotiate prices.

UFT has moved too far left

Ed Greenspan was right to take the leadership of the UFT to task for its endorsement of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who “came out fiercely against Israel” [Comments: “Backed the wrong candidate,” Feb. 7].

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