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The decision by the California courts that teacher tenure is unconstitutional will eventually find its way to New York.
Placing alarms on school doors to protect our students isn’t the only solution.
I was happy to read about the proposal to amend admissions policies for specialized high schools. It’s about the person, not a test score.
I attended the First Book event in Far Rockaway on May 31 and was so happy to see so many excited parents and their children waiting on line to get books.
Teachers are blamed for the dysfunction of the education system in America, but have little or no say in the laws and policies that regulate schools.
I was happy to see that there was a rally in support of the Community Learning Schools Initiative on May 21 [see page 7]. When I first started teaching, I was in a community school. It was really good for all involved. It was like the village raising the child. Glad they’re coming back.
Regarding the article “Dual language: A practice whose time is overdue” [New York Teacher, April 17], this form of instruction should start in kindergarten with every child, so that we can be a real nation of bilingual speakers, like in many other countries around the world where people speak two or three or more languages.
I’m not surprised by City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s report that arts education is underfunded. I am a full-time visual arts teacher. My students do not have dance, music or theater, other than what visiting organizations provide.
While it is refreshing to see that The New York Times is in favor of raises for teachers, I take issue with the statement that the reason teachers leave the profession is because there is “little possibility of advancement.”
UFT President Mulgrew must now focus his attention on pressuring the DOE to investigate the Bloomberg academy-appointed principals. As more and more teachers come forward, we are finding that the “academy” principals did a great job of harassing, discriminating and abusing members of our union.
I love the fact that the UFT president and the New York City schools chancellor can get together and have a productive conversation about anything, the way they did at the UFT Spring Education Conference on April 26. For too long it’s been an adversarial relationship. It’s great to finally see trust and cooperation.
My students were grateful for the opportunity to have the OneSight eye clinic give them free eye exams and provide glasses for those who needed them. This UFT partnership has made my time in the classroom just a tad bit easier.
I work in a public school where I receive several new students every Nov. 1 who have been turned away from their immaculate charter schools.
Thank you for disclosing the astronomical amount of money that’s collected by Eva Moskowitz for the charter schools of New York City [“Charter ‘war’ all about Eva,” March 27].
I am concerned about President Mulgrew being one of the signatories to a New York Central Labor Council statement in support of the carriage horse trade. As a member of the UFT Humane Education Committee, I would like to state that many teachers work to impart kindness to animals and its corollary — positive attitudes toward people.
On my first day teaching middle school ESL for the DOE, a veteran teacher smirked, “In case you didn’t know, the Department of Education has nothing to do with education!”
If all you have to do is pass the test to be promoted, then why bother doing anything in class the other 177 days of the school year?
This man [“In his element,” March 27] clearly has a passion for what he does.
I read the story on your website about the state budget [“State budget deal hikes school spending while adding protections for charters,” March 31]