Editorials

October 5, 2017

United for DREAMers

These are anxious times for young people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gave 800,000 immigrant youths temporary resident status and protection from deportation.

Certified victories

When most people think about the job security that comes with union membership, the first thing that comes to mind is protection of due process rights — making sure teachers get a fair hearing if they are threatened with losing their job for any reason.

September 7, 2017

Universal free lunch

It’s a big win for our students: This year, virtually all New York City public schools will offer universal free lunch. The UFT helped to make it happen. UFT members and officers testified at hearings, lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio and spread the word through social media, rallies and regular news conferences.

Double standard

The State University of New York proposal to allow charter schools it authorizes — including Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools — to devise their own teacher certification process would dramatically lower the entry bar for the profession. It also exposes a troubling double standard.

July 6, 2017

Testing in perspective

State education officials have decided to shorten the state ELA and math tests that students in grades 3–8 once slogged through over six days.

Steps toward diversity

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for increasing school diversity, released on June 6, is a much-needed response to segregation in New York City public schools.

June 1, 2017

Shame on Eva

House Speaker Paul Ryan — fresh from celebrating passage of a health care bill in the House that would leave 24 million people uninsured and give a generous tax cut to billionaires — headed to Success Academy I in Harlem on May 9 for a personal guided tour led by Eva Moskowitz.

Lessons in respect

Students should feel safe and supported in our schools, no matter what else is going on in their lives — or in the nation.

May 4, 2017

Shepherding success

The Single Shepherd program, which launched in September, was designed to boost high school graduation and college enrollment rates in two of the most challenging school districts in New York City [see “Good ‘Shepherds’” on page 6]. Mayor Bill de Blasio is to be commended for backing a program that helps the students who too often fall between the cracks.

A budget that works — for most of us

It took a little longer, but our hard work yielded results: The new state budget increases education aid by $1.1 billion, which includes $700 million in additional foundation aid for school districts. Prekindergarten, community schools and after-school programs all get a boost in support.

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