Editorials

Editorials | April 17, 2014 >>
Editorials | April 14, 2014 >>
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?

Editorials | February 6, 2014 >>

You know how college costs today seem nearly out of reach for all but the most affluent families? How so many families now are under financial stress and struggling to pay their bills, despite holding down jobs and working hard? How housing prices in New York City keep climbing faster than wages, forcing more families to move farther out or to the suburbs? That is income inequality at work.

Editorials | February 6, 2014 >>

More than 1,800 UFT members were poised to strike recently. But the nurses with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York averted a strike and won an agreement that preserves their pensions and healthcare and gives them a raise. They won by standing in solidarity as a union. 
 


Editorials | January 16, 2014 >>

Newly appointed Chancellor Carmen Fariña told Department of Education staff during her first day on the job that we need to put joy back in the school system.

Editorials | January 16, 2014 >>

New York City is under a microscope. With the city having elected its first progressive mayor in a generation, observers from both sides of the political spectrum are watching to see how Mayor de Blasio fares in implementing his vision.

Editorials | December 19, 2013 >>

A new law in Illinois that cuts the pensions of teachers and other public employees amounts to a theft of these workers’ deferred compensation.

Editorials | December 19, 2013 >>

Nelson Mandela knew the power of collective action and used it to help free South Africa from the chains of apartheid. 
 
Illinois has approved cuts to public pensions that could pose a threat in other states with underfunded pension plans.

Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>

You would think that if Success Academy Charter Schools can pay Eva Moskowitz a salary of $475,244, they could also afford to pay rent for their space in public school buildings.

Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>

Pat yourselves on the back, UFT members. There is reason for pride and celebration. On Nov. 5, the people were heard. We have a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate and many new City Council members who support our schools and respect UFT members.

Editorials | October 17, 2013 >>


Test, yes. High-stakes consequences for students, teachers and schools? Not yet.That is the gist of the position carved out by the UFT Delegate Assembly in their resolution at the Oct. 9 meeting calling for a moratorium in New York State and New York City on attaching high stakes to the state’s new Common Core tests.The move for a moratorium amounts to a request for a pause.

Editorials | October 17, 2013 >>
Editorials | September 26, 2013 >>

Although he has just three months left at City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg continues to attempt to extend the reach of his failed policies into the next administration.

Editorials | September 26, 2013 >>

Michael Bloomberg may think he’s above the law, but he’s not.

Editorials | September 5, 2013 >>

New York City’s attempt to duck its responsibility to properly staff school libraries by getting a waiver of state requirements is a shameful move that would hurt students, particularly those from low-income families who lack books, Internet access or other information resources at home.

Editorials | September 5, 2013 >>

It has become both common and tiresome to hear some politicians, such as Mayor Bloomberg, blame teachers and teachers’ unions for any problems in the public schools.

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