Editorials

Editorials | March 5, 2015 >>

"Eva vs. public schools"
Eva Moskowitz says her charter schools are public schools and so deserve public funding and public-school space. But she is closing her 32 schools on March 4 to bus students, staff and parents to Albany. Public schools would never close schools to use children as political pawns.

Editorials | March 3, 2015 >>

We know Cuomo is here in the state. But we have to ask, is he paying attention?

Editorials | February 5, 2015 >>

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s long-awaited announcement of the closing of the school networks created by Joel Klein is a milestone worthy of celebration. It is a decisive break with an organizational approach that, however well-meaning, was designed to fail.

Editorials | February 5, 2015 >>

Gov. Cuomo is so enthusiastic about charter schools that he wants to greatly expand their number even though he acknowledges that they are not accepting the same number of high-needs students as public schools.

Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

A proven strategy: Teachers and parents know it, and research has proved it: Significantly smaller class sizes, particularly in the early grades, can lead to strong gains in achievement. The benefit is greatest for poor and minority children. 





Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

Cuomo’s mistake: Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to base his recent actions and statements about education on mistaken assumptions. He seems to think that New York parents support privatizing public education. 


Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

To fully appreciate Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new strategy to help struggling schools, it helps to remember former Mayor Bloomberg’s approach.

Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

Nearly three out of four registered voters in New York State stayed home on Election Day. Turnout — or the lack of turnout — has consequences. We are now left with a state Senate obligated to financiers who support unfettered expansion of charter schools.

Editorials | November 6, 2014 >>

This is a battle over which party will control the state Senate. The outcome will greatly affect all of our state’s public school educators, students and schools.

Editorials | November 6, 2014 >>

Public school educators know from both experience and common sense that when school administrators treat teachers as partners rather than adversaries, schools function more smoothly, staff morale is higher and the entire school community benefits.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

Class size doesn’t matter. That’s a common theme among the so-called reformers who contend that an effective teacher can teach a class of any size, as if there is no difference in opportunities for teaching and learning in a class of 30 or 35 compared to one of 20 or 25.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

The people who want to toss teacher tenure in the trash will tell you that they are fighting for the kids. The fact is, though, that their quest to eliminate teachers’ due-process rights fits perfectly into the political agenda of the Wall Street backers of corporate education reform and privatization:

Editorials | September 4, 2014 >>

Michelle Rhee’s recent departure from StudentsFirst, the organization she started, reveals the bankrupt claims of the corporate education reform movement.

Editorials | September 4, 2014 >>

The peaceful Aug. 23 march in Staten Island responding to the death of Eric Garner in a confrontation with police earlier this summer showed that such tragic deaths do not have to divide communities and police officers. They can bring people together.

Editorials | June 26, 2014 >>

School’s out. But we know that many UFT members have busy summers ahead.

Editorials | June 26, 2014 >>

Over the last 15 years, as the number of charter schools around the country has multiplied, the movement has increasingly become dominated by charter school networks such as Success Academy and Uncommon Schools as opposed to independent or community-based charter schools.

Editorials | June 5, 2014 >>

We take for granted that nurses and other health care workers routinely lift patients. They move patients from beds to wheelchairs, from stationary beds to wheeled hospital gurneys, from lying prone on a bed to sitting up.

Editorials | June 5, 2014 >>

New Orleans' Recovery School District has just closed its last five public schools, making it the nation's first all-charter district. The city shows that unfettered growth of charter schools can lead to unequal acess and a loss of public oversight.

Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>

Many of us were haunted last fall by the story of Dasani — one of the 22,000 children living in homeless shelters in New York City, and a student at the McKinney Secondary School of the Arts in Brooklyn. The New York Times followed her and her family through bureaucratic indignities, the insecurity of shelters and temporary apartments, and other false starts. Her school was her anchor.

Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>
The proposed contract reflects the importance of having a negotiating partner in City Hall who understands and respects the work that UFT members do, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a striking difference from the modus operandi of the previous administration.
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