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News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT-endorsed candidates — from seasoned hands to newcomers — won big in the Sept. 9 primary races.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Staffers from embattled Long Island City HS were busy on the phones well into the evening on the first days of the new school year calling parents in an effort to get all students on the register into school so the high school wouldn’t suffer any budget shortfalls.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The Teacher Union Day ceremony and luncheon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, at the New York Hilton Hotel. UFT Assistant Treasurer Mona Romain, who is retiring this year, will receive the Charles Cogen Award, the union’s highest internal honor.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT and the DOE reached agreement on Sept. 3 on initial system-wide, enforceable paperwork standards that should ease the excessive and burdensome paper and electronic demands imposed on educators in recent years.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT filed grievances on Sept. 18 and 19 on more than 3,500 classes citywide jam-packed with more students than allowed under the union contract. Although there were 210 fewer oversize classes this year than at the same time last year, the classes were dispersed over more schools than in the past.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Classroom teachers will now have another option for observations under the teacher evaluation system.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Mulgrew told chapter leaders at the citywide chapter leader meeting that after the long fight with Mayor Bloomberg over his disastrous school policies, "it’s time to shift. We now have to show everyone what public education should be.”

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The approach of Park Slope's PS 295 to professional development “honors the way adults learn best," said Rita Danis, the co-director of the UFT Teacher Center.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

Many of this year’s PROSE schools -- 62 schools empowered under the new contract to try far-reaching educational changes -- have an option to use a modified evaluation system this year after the UFT and DOE convinced the State Education Department that the system complies with state law.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

An epic months-long effort by teams of UFT staff members and paraprofessionals helped save the jobs of nearly 4,000 paras who had been threatened with termination because of certification issues.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT joined public school parents, advocates and elected officials on the steps of City Hall on Sept. 18 to put the state on notice: the $2.5 billion that it owes the city’s public schools from the 2007 settlement of a landmark school-funding lawsuit is past due.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

A New York State Supreme Court justice on Sept. 11 granted the UFT’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate teachers’ due process rights.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

With grand larceny in schools up 15 percent in the 2013-14 school year over the previous year, UFT and NYPD School Safety officials are asking school staffers to take some simple preventive measures to protect their personal property.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

The scores of New York City students increased modestly in both math and English language arts on the latest state tests, released on Aug. 14, as the students became more familiar with the Common Core Learning Standards and their teachers worked hard with what materials and training they eventually got.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

The UFT is supporting a large slate of candidates in the 2014 elections for the New York Assembly and Senate and the U.S. Congress through its state affliliate, NYSUT. Among the 98 endorsed candidates who represent parts of New York City are five women vying for open seats in the Assembly.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective under the new evaluation system, there is a new process in place to appeal the rating.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Whether you hop on the subway to a museum or just walk down the block to the local library, a field trip can be a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom. As you kick off the school year, here are some ideas to help you plan your next class trip.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Fifty years ago UFT members were among the more than 200 other volunteers from around the country took a stand against racism and segregation by teaching in Freedom Schools in Mississippi.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Thousands of union members, activists, parents and students rallied peacefully in Staten Island on Aug. 23 for justice in the case of Eric Garner, who died during an altercation with the police in July.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Seven more schools were selected over the summer to participate in the UFT’s Community Learning Schools initiative, joining 16 existing schools. Two more will be named this fall.

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