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Following intense lobbying by the UFT, NYSUT and parents, a divided state Board of Regents on Sept. 16 delayed giving its final approval to the new teacher evaluation system. Instead, the board proposed three significant changes aimed at making the process fairer.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sept. 16 unveiled a far-reaching plan to transform the city’s schools over the next 10 years.
In accordance with the 2014 contract, UFT members who worked for the Department of Education between 2009 and 2015 (plus those who retired after June 30, 2014) will receive a lump-sum payment of 12. 5 percent, representing one-eighth of the amount they have accrued between 2009 and 2015.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña, elected officials, and students on Sept. 24 celebrated the New York City public school system’s first observance of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha at an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
The UFT on Sept. 24 launched a new TV ad to kick off its yearlong campaign celebrating the passion and promise of New York City public schools.
With smiling faces, loaded backpacks and high hopes for the year ahead, students across the city headed back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
It’s time to reserve your seat for the UFT’s annual Teacher Union Day on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the New York Hilton Hotel. This year’s event honors the UFT chapters of seven schools across the city that galvanized their communities to fight back against Gov. Cuomo’s harmful attacks on public education last spring with a range of creative actions.
Five years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave $100 million to public schools in Newark, NJ, it has come to light that millions of those dollars went to consultants and charter schools through a reform movement that has operated with little transparency or accountability.
Three New York City public schools received $6,500 each to put toward a project as winners of the Build a Better School contest sponsored by the UFT and its partners.
All initial planning conferences under the teacher evaluation and development system must be held by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Here are some key points to help you prepare for this important meeting.
The historic refusal by one in five New York State students to take state tests tied to the Common Core Learning Standards this spring has prompted elected leaders and state education officials to once again review the standards.
The UFT offers low-cost workshops that meet the state’s Dignity for All Students Act six-hour training requirement for state certification. DASA seeks to ensure all students attend school in an environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying.
What pronoun should an educator use when addressing a transgender student? What restroom and changing room should that student use? How can educators create a safe environment for these students in their school? These are a few of the questions addressed as part of the six-hour DASA training.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease resemble those of other kinds of pneumonia: fever, muscle ache, chills and cough. Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics, and most people recover.
The UFT responded swiftly to the news in late July that the Lafayette Alternative Learning Center was one of four sites that tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
Are you covered by a New York City health benefits plan but also covered by the non-city health insurance plan of your parent, spouse or domestic partner, or through other employment? The city has just tripled the cash incentive payments it will offer people in this situation for waiving their New York City health benefits plan coverage.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s signature inter-school visitation program is doubling in size in the 2015-16 school year. Under the Learning Partners Plus program, 71 additional schools will work together to strengthen classroom practices.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Aug. 4 announced a new task force to investigate allegations of cheating and other violations of academic policy in the public schools.