November 2, 2017

Trump Lessons

President Trump continues to give educators opportunities to teach civics and government.

Safety first

The photo that accompanied the “Grants, Awards and Freebies” column [Oct. 5] depicts an unsafe laboratory practice. Before starting a laboratory exercise, goggles are made available to students and students are told all “long hair” should be tied back.

Remembering Bob Astrowsky

I had the pleasure of working with and for Bob Astrowsky [see “Cherished UFT leader Bob Astrowsky dies,” Oct. 5] when he was the UFT Brooklyn borough representative and I was the UFT District 13 representative.

Member appreciates union’s help

Thank you, UFT [“UFT helps nearly 7,000 avoid termination,” Oct. 5].

No shortcuts for certification

It took me years of training and exams to get into the classroom.

October 24, 2017

Important to remain united
With the Supreme Court ready to hear the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case: We can all complain about something, very true.

October 5, 2017

Astrowsky will be missed

Bob Astrowsky, who died on Sept. 3, was a specially gifted union leader. The UFT will miss him. He was one of a kind — a dedicated unionist who had the great skills and talent to relate in a friendly and compassionate way with all people.

Convention question hidden on ballot

It has come to my attention that the referendum question on the constitutional convention will be printed on the back of the ballot. This is an egregious insult to democracy.

The good fight

Today’s teachers must be smart, creative and resourceful.

No shortcuts for charter schools

If charter schools in New York State are allowed to hire non-state-certified teachers, then those teachers should not be allowed to benefit from/organize through the UFT. Teachers who have earned all of the required certifications to be a teacher in New York State have fought long and hard through the union to earn our rights.

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