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Kerri Walsh had always loved living near the water. Her house in Breezy Point had once been her grandparents’ summer vacation cottage, and Walsh, the literacy coach at Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park, had lived on the same block for nearly 20 years.So when Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Rockaways, Walsh was devastated.
They say lightning never strikes twice, but it has at Andries Hudde MS in Flatbush which for the second time in less than six months has fended off a proposal to co-locate a charter school inside its building.
Imagine returning to the house you’ve lived in for 15 years and finding it utterly destroyed. What would you do? If you were Fiorella Raimondi, a 2nd-grade teacher and the chapter leader at PS 20 on Staten Island, you’d dig in, rebuild and start over. And you’d do it with an amazing sense of gratitude toward your colleagues and neighbors.
The new teacher evaluation and development system can help to empower us as professional educators to get the support that our classrooms and schools need.
UFT members hope Bill de Blasio lives up to his campaign promises on education and sets a different tone at City Hall, especially with regard to how children and educators are treated.
Common Core curricula that schools across the city have adopted this year at the behest of the Department of Education are not ready for prime time, according to exasperated teachers who have been trying to implement the new programs.
A new online form that went live on Oct. 28 provides a formal way to address issues that teachers may be facing with implementation of the evaluation system.
The UFT has filed 17 union-initiated grievances over implementation of the new teacher evaluation system based on problems brought to the union’s attention by teachers, chapter leaders and district representatives around the city.
Walk through the hallways at PS/MS 105 in Far Rockaway and you would never suspect that anything terrible had happened here. Yet just one year ago, this large K-8 school was among the hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy and is still, in fact, in the process of rebuilding from the storm.
The new graduate-equivalency test, which will be introduced on Jan. 1, will be a more difficult path toward the high school equivalency diploma, and some parts of it will be offered online only. But the test isn’t ready, and teachers have not received test preparation booklets.
The UFT has called on the DOE to fix its flawed special education reform. Union officials say the reform has failed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special needs and has resulted in many students with disabilities not receiving the resources or services outlined in their IEPs.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 29 blasted the city Department of Education for asking 2nd-graders or younger to complete bubble-answer sheets for multiple-choice questions.
The IS 281 computer, journalism, media, robotics, vocal music, band, science, art and dance programs are all at risk due to the Department of Education’s plans to co-locate Coney Island Prep charter school in the Gravesend middle school's building.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk has special meaning for staff at PS 233 in Brooklyn as they try in every way possible to support a colleague in the final stages of breast cancer.
Thousands of UFT members came together in all five boroughs and Long Island on Oct. 20 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Some were walking to honor one of their own. Others walked to honor their own triumphs over breast cancer.
Parents everywhere are grappling with how to help their children master the higher-order thinking skills demanded by the Common Core and with a curriculum that – when it is made available to teachers – seems oddly inappropriate for certain grade levels.
Teacher Union Day always melds a celebration of UFT founding members with recognition of members today who are leaders. This year, the event included surprise visits from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer.
News stories | October 18, 2013 >>
Almost four years after winning their historic first contract, family child care providers represented by the UFT began negotiations in September for a successor agreement with the state.
News stories | October 17, 2013 >>
Provoking an angry retort from UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Mayor Bloomberg announced today that the Department of Education is suing the UFT for failing to appoint enough arbitrators to handle teacher disciplinary cases. Mulgrew accused Bloomberg of playing fast and loose with the facts.