April 6, 2017

Topic of Trump

The following letter was sent to Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy:

Guidance counselors conference

The UFT Guidance Counselors Conference [see story on page 12] was excellent. Well-organized, upbeat and informative. A perfect opportunity to connect with fellow counselors to learn and share resources that help us serve our New York City students.

Where’s the needed special ed funding?

Regarding the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities [see News Briefs on page 20]: Public schools need funding to be able to provide for the large population of students who are disabled in some way. Unfortunately, raising the bar can’t apply to every child’s situation in theory due to the U.S. secretary of education’s stance on charter and private schools.

Happy birthday, UFT

As the UFT celebrated its 57th anniversary on March 16, I want to say thank you to those 1960s and 1970s teachers who put their livelihood on the line! You created a safer, more legitimate system for our kids and professionals.

Bad neighbors

“Squeezed out” [Feb. 2 issue], your article about charter school co-locations, reflected my own school’s experience. When a charter school moved into our building, our middle school lost needed classroom space because the high school was forced down to the middle school floor. My middle school students eat lunch at 10:20 a.m. because we have to split time with our high school and the charter school.

Lighting the way

In “Mission Accomplished” [Feb. 2 issue], there is mention of the UFT and the School Construction Authority removing the PCB lighting in the schools.

March 2, 2017

Transgender article

Our transgender teachers need more visibility and the article, “Transgender educators seek respect, fairness for everyone,” provides some much-needed awareness of the experiences of our transgender teachers.

Heavens to Betsy

DeVos’ track record of meddling in Michigan schools is abysmal.

March 1, 2017

Vouchers aren’t ‘cool’

Private school voucher programs do take money away from public schools.

February 2, 2017

Our dire circumstances

“What Lies Ahead in 2017” [Jan. 5 cover] underestimates the dire circumstances that a Trump presidency poses for teachers, workers and many other Americans.

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