Editorials

Editorials | February 4, 2016 >>

The attacks on New York City public schools and teachers would lead one to believe that all schools are failing. Charter school advocates would have you think the sky is falling.

Editorials | February 4, 2016 >>

The 2016 presidential campaign already feels like it has gone on forever. But now is not the time to tune out or bail out. Among other things, the party that controls the White House in 2017 will almost certainly play a role in determining the balance of power on the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come.

Editorials | January 7, 2016 >>

Eva Moskowitz has had an epiphany: A longer school day is not necessarily a bonus for teaching and learning.

Editorials | January 7, 2016 >>

As educators and unionists, we are charged with reminding our students and ourselves that even in these frightening times — after the terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and elsewhere — we cannot give in to bias and fear-mongering.

Editorials | December 3, 2015 >>

The 2016 presidential campaign debates have been among the most watched programming on television. That’s something to celebrate: An engaged electorate is good for democracy.

Editorials | December 3, 2015 >>
Teachers know that art can instill a love of learning across all subject areas.
Editorials | November 5, 2015 >>

Anyone who believes that closing schools or firing teachers will solve the problem is not serious about finding a solution. As Janella Hinds, the UFT vice president for academic high schools recently testified at a hearing in Albany, “Receivership dances around the root of the problem."

Editorials | November 5, 2015 >>

New York City is in the midst of two new standoffs over school rezoning that stir the embers of race and class. In successful rezoning, schools can be the place where we find out how we can all get along.

Editorials | October 1, 2015 >>

If Gov. Cuomo thought that his assault on educators earlier this year would be popular with the public, he miscalculated.

Editorials | October 1, 2015 >>

A little-noticed clause that state legislators tucked into the omnibus bill that ended the legislative session in June could make the already glaring inequities between charter and traditional public schools even worse.

Editorials | September 10, 2015 >>

The New York State Department of Education took an important step this summer by publishing its first guidelines to help schools uphold the rights and address the needs of transgender students.

Editorials | September 10, 2015 >>

Success Academy routinely raises millions of dollars from ultra-wealthy contributors, on top of the public funds it also receives.

Editorials | July 10, 2015 >>

Gov. Cuomo said something odd recently. Speaking to reporters at a rally for raising the state’s minimum wage, the governor said he is uncomfortable with the term “income inequality.”

Editorials | June 23, 2015 >>

Whether you take off July and August or will be working, summer is often experienced as a season full of possibility.

Editorials | June 4, 2015 >>

A high school English teacher in Queens builds a library of graphic novels for his struggling readers. A pre-K teacher in the East Village helps her students care for their own caterpillars as they transform into butterflies. And a 3rd-grade teacher in an impoverished section of the Bronx makes sure every student goes home with a notebook and pencil — because, she says, “It’s a little thing for us to give them those supplies, but for them it’s like the biggest thing in the world.”

Editorials | June 4, 2015 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found a new way to help his ultra-wealthy campaign contributors while at the same time hurting public schools. He is proposing an education tax credit that would richly reward his campaign donors by giving individuals and businesses tax credits equal to 75 percent of their donations to the private school of their choice. 


Editorials | May 7, 2015 >>
Editorials | May 7, 2015 >>

The anti-testing furor in New York State has reached new heights, thanks in large part to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his total disinterest in what parents and educators say students need.

Editorials | April 2, 2015 >>

A student from Ecuador says her first complete sentence in English. A boy chooses to tell his teacher about his feelings rather than throw a tantrum. A class learns the difference between opinion and fact.

Editorials | April 2, 2015 >>

A bully principal with a grudge against the UFT gives the school’s chapter leader a rating of Ineffective, reflecting the principal’s animus toward the union, not the teacher’s job performance.

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