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August 3, 2017

Proposal would lower certification standards in charter schools

UFT President Michael Mulgrew blasted the state’s proposal to allow charter schools in effect to certify their own teachers with scant requirements or proof of professional expertise.

Members get big boost in Teacher’s Choice funds

Educators who are ready to begin purchasing materials and supplies for the upcoming school year will have significantly more spending money thanks to a hard-fought increase in City Council funding for Teacher’s Choice.

UFT files NLRB complaint after charter employee firings

The UFT is seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board against the Charter HS for Law and Social Justice in the Bronx after the school fired 11 of its 15 UFT-represented employees, including the entire UFT bargaining committee, in the middle of negotiations for a first contract.

July 6, 2017

181 reasons to be #PublicSchoolProud

There is reason for optimism about the future knowing it will be in the hands of the students who won Albert Shanker college scholarships presented at the awards ceremony on May 23.

Paperwork process gets job done

The data proves it: The UFT’s new paperwork reduction reporting form gets results.

UFT summer borough office hours

UFT borough offices are open for business this summer!

Holding superintendents accountable gets results

A superintendent is working attentively with the UFT after the Department of Education took to heart the management issues that the union raised, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on June 14.

Regents discuss federal education law

At a June 7 panel on the Every Student Succeeds Act, three New York State Regents joined UFT President Michael Mulgrew to discuss the 2015 federal education law, which shifted power back to the state and reduced the focus on high-stakes testing.

Senators from both parties hammer DeVos on education budget

Republicans joined Democrats in a tough grilling of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the devastating impact of President Trump’s proposal to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget in a Senate hearing on June 6.

Guiding stars for students

“Champion for all students.” “Deeply committed to creating equity.” “Truly valuable.” 
These were just a few of the phrases used to describe the 25 guidance counselors who were honored at the DOE's School Counselor Recognition Day Awards ceremony on May 31.

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