Editorials

October 4, 2018

Standing with PR

The UFT and the AFT are always ready to help when disaster strikes.

Fleeing fossil fuels

Reducing the use of fossil fuels that lead to carbon pollution is one of the most important strategies for rescuing the planet.

September 6, 2018

Ill wind in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s governor is using the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria as justification to push school privatization. Eleven months after the hurricane, the first charter school opened on the island this August.

A new Discovery

New York City has long grappled with the de facto segregation in its schools, especially its eight sought-after specialized high schools, whose students are predominantly white or Asian.

July 5, 2018

Windy City wisdom

“Testing is not the be-all and end-all.” That statement would not be surprising coming from a teacher who sees subject mastery in a student’s class performance and work portfolio or from a parent in the opt-out movement. Both know that a child is more than a score on a high stakes test.

Is this Success?

Success Academy was awash in celebration in June when it graduated its first high school seniors. Founder Eva Moskowitz reportedly shed tears of joy. She had so much to be proud of! Twelve years after opening its first school, the city’s largest charter network was sending all of its first high school graduating class to college. All 16 of them.

June 7, 2018

Fighting back
It would be a frightening moment in the workplace for anyone: a person you are trying to help suddenly attacks.
The right words

Words matter. When Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza uses the word “segregation,” he’s tackling head-on a critical issue in New York City public schools.

May 3, 2018

Funding matters

This spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers delivered a 3.3 percent increase for New York public schools, despite a state deficit and the fiscal threat from Washington, D.C.

Teacher uprising

Teachers in Republican strongholds are on the march because they have nothing to lose. Over the years, state lawmakers have stripped away school funding as well as the wages, pensions, workplace rights and health benefits of public school educators.

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