Editorials

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.
Editorials | April 17, 2014 >>

Not too long ago, history teachers could tell students that plutocracy, in which a society is ruled by a small number of the wealthiest citizens, existed in the past or elsewhere in the world, not in the United States today.

Editorials | April 17, 2014 >>

With universal free lunch, an estimated 120,000 more children would take advantage of having a nutritious lunch every day. That’s 120,000 more children who would have the nourishment they need to learn and to reach their true potential.

Editorials | March 27, 2014 >>

A new proposal making its way through the state Legislature is a thinly veiled voucher program that would use taxpayer money to fund religious and other private schools in New York City and across the state.

Editorials | March 27, 2014 >>

Eva's double standard: Eva Moskowitz has a double standard. She claims her schools are public charters and so deserve rent-free public space. But she refuses to allow the state comptroller to audit her schools.

Hurt schools, help rich people: A proposal making its way through the state Legislature is a thinly veiled voucher program that would use taxpayer money to fund religious and other private schools.

Editorials | March 6, 2014 >>

We know that physical education can help to combat childhood obesity, improve students’ health and build good exercise habits. But research is now making it clear that gym class can also boost children’s academic achievement.

Editorials | March 6, 2014 >>

Would you want a doctor who had completed one year of medical school instead of four? A lawyer who had finished only one semester of law school?

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