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This year’s push by parents and educators for additional state funding for public schools paid off when the governor and Albany lawmakers on April 1 finalized a new state budget that contained a $1.4 billion increase in state education funding, with $525 million going to New York City public schools.
Public-sector unions nationwide survived a serious threat when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on March 29 over a challenge by conservatives to the fair-share fees that public-sector unions collect from workers who don’t become members.
UFT members have health benefits that they can count on if serious illness strikes them or a close family member. Most Americans, without a union, are not so lucky.
Hillary Clinton, endorsed by the UFT’s national affiliate the AFT, scored a decisive victory in the April 19 New York State Democratic presidential primary.
In a victory for unions nationwide, the California Court of Appeal on April 14 reversed a lower court decision that had thrown out teacher tenure and seniority rights for the state’s public school teachers.
More than 200 runners and walkers laced up their sneakers and headed for Coney Island on April 16 for the UFT’s third annual 5K run/walk.
The sixth annual UFT faith-based breakfast brought together about 130 religious clergy from across the city on April 14 to discuss partnerships with the union to benefit schools and communities alike.
Electronic prescribing (“e-prescribing”) will improve medication safety, reduce errors (the pharmacy won’t have to interpret your doctor’s handwriting) and may help to reduce medical costs due to adverse drug interactions caused by the pharmacist giving the wrong drug. But the new process also will create challenges at first.
Paraprofessionals gained several new protections as a result of the UFT’s union-initiated grievance that challenged the unfairness of automatic suspensions for paraprofessionals who have been arrested.
The UFT hosted a legislative breakfast for City Council members on April 20 to discuss the union’s funding priorities — with Teacher’s Choice topping the list — as the Council considers its budget for the fiscal year starting on July 1.
A group of UFT educators who worked together to review the recent state changes to English language learner instruction presented their preliminary recommendations on March 30 to key state and city officials including new Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.
At the monthly Delegate Assembly on the afternoon following the New York State presidential primaries on April 19, UFT President Michael Mulgrew thanked the many UFT members who volunteered for the union’s Hillary Clinton campaign, but then he quickly turned his focus to the battle ahead in November.
Hundreds of supporters cheered and applauded as the UFT paid tribute to outstanding high school educators, union activists and school communities at the union’s second annual Academic High School Awards Recognition Ceremony on April 15.
Hillary Clinton, a surprise guest at NYSUT’s Representative Assembly on April 8, promised the nearly 1,800 delegates that they “will have a partner in the White House” if she is elected president of the United States.
The salaries of UFT members employed by the Department of Education increased 3.5 percent on May 1 as part of the 2014 contract.
No time limit. No stakes. And no consensus among educators about how these changes affected their students and classrooms. That was the story in a nutshell about this year's state ELA and math tests.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 16 urged Council members to put additional money in next year’s city budget to support the programs that help teachers help students: Community Learning Schools, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Teacher’s Choice.
Two names were added to the Wall of Honor in the lobby of UFT headquarters on March 14 when former officers Harriet Merchant and Aminda Gentile were recognized for their significant contributions to the union.
UFT members are asked to support Jaime Williams and Yuh-Line Niou for the state Assembly in the special election on Tuesday, April 19, the same day as the state’s presidential primary. Niou will be running in lower Manhattan’s 65th Assembly District for the position formerly held by Sheldon Silver.
As one of the stars of “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon, Anthony Ramos has performed for celebrities from Beyoncé to Barack Obama. But he reserves his highest acclaim for someone else: the high school theater teacher who guided him toward a career he had never even dreamed of having.