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News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Teachers rated Ineffective or Developing based on state Common Core tests this year or next will not face negative consequences, according to changes to the evaluation system agreed to by state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 19 in the final hours of the legislative session.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

At the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony, 188 young people, including nine graduate students, won Shanker scholarships to further their education. Students, families and teachers attended the ceremony at UFT headquarters to celebrate their achievement.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Some 40,000 books were given away outside the Refuge Church of Christ in Far Rockaway at an event organized by the UFT in partnership with the AFT and the nonprofit organization First Book.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The 28th annual Guidance Counselor Recognition Awards program honored 29 counselors from every borough, school level and special district.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by state lawmakers, announced new bipartisan state legislation to increase the diversity of the student body at the city’s eight specialized high schools by not basing admissions exclusively on the performance of an entrance exam.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The final city budget for the coming fiscal year will contain a 35 percent increase in Teacher’s Choice funding and a pilot program of universal free lunch in all middle schools, addressing two of the UFT’s lobbying priorities.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT members employed by the Department of Education began receiving the contract’s $1,000 signing bonus during the final week of school.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on June 11 that the recent California court ruling against teacher tenure was based on weak and faulty arguments and is going to be appealed.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The Daily News is now accepting nominations for its “Hometown Heroes in Education” awards.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

“If there’s anything better than retirement, I don’t know what it is.” That’s how retiree Emma Jones summed up the feelings she undoubtedly shared with almost 450 others who gathered to celebrate another year of retirement on June 2 at the 51st annual Retired Teachers Chapter Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The New Orleans Recovery School District has with the end of this school year shuttered its last five remaining traditional public schools, creating the country’s first all-charter school district.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Nine school secretaries were honored at the 28th Annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon, which drew approximately 200 secretaries and their family members, friends and colleagues.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

No one is more acutely aware of the need to change the admissions process to the city’s eight specialized high schools than the educators who work in them.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Quick thinking and team work saved the life of Anthony English, a 62-year-old paraprofessional who collapsed while working in a prekindergarten class at P 10 at PS 304 in the Bronx.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT borough offices open for business this summer!

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Some 950 new members of the New York City Teaching Fellows were welcomed into the teaching profession on June 16 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a groundbreaking nine-year contract with the Department of Education on June 3. The contract passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 votes, which were counted by the independent American Arbitration Association.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Sixty years ago on May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in the nation’s public schools.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

In a resounding win for teacher professionalism and teacher voice, an arbitrator has ruled that “lesson plans are for the personal use of the teacher” and that principals may not “mandate specific elements of lesson plans.”

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