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Charter schools do not educate their fair share of high-needs students and that must change before Gov. Cuomo pushes through any increase in the number of charters operating in the city, UFT President Michael Mulgrew told a crowded press conference on Jan. 29.
Through new media such as Twitter and Facebook to more traditional forms of protest, members and allies are getting out the word that the governor’s proposals would harm children, damage schools and threaten the future of public education.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, unveiling his $77.7 billion preliminary budget on Feb. 9, called on New York State to honor the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement and give the money it promised to city schools now that the economy is back on track.
Demanding that Gov. Cuomo pay up on the state’s long-overdue $2.5 billion debt to New York City public schools, two education advocacy groups at a press conference on Feb. 19 released a report that broke down the money owed by Assembly and Senate district in New York City so that each lawmaker who is going to vote on the state budget can tell exactly how much money is missing from his or her district.
Thousands of UFT members, parents and community activists gathered in February at 11 education forums sponsored by the UFT throughout the five boroughs to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: All public schools — not just charter schools — deserve fair funding, and public education will suffer if even more consequences are attached to state test scores.
On the evening of Feb. 9, meteorologists in Albany were toting up how much snow had fallen at the end of a 48-hour storm. But that didn’t stop state lawmakers from showing up for the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception on the observation deck of the 42-story Corning Tower. President Michael Mulgrew and NYSUT President Karen Magee spent a couple of productive hours meeting with numerous state legislators — most from New York City, but also many from upstate New York.
The UFT took to the airwaves on Feb. 3 in its all-out campaign to blast Governor Cuomo’s education priorities and to educate the public and state lawmakers about what #AllKidsNeed.
A mindfulness committee is just one of the ways in which educators at the ASL & English Secondary School have been able to use the dedicated PD time in the new UFT-DOE contract to customize their individual professional learning experiences.
Sounding the alarm that students just learning English are not getting the services and supports they need, UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus told the City Council Education Committee on Feb. 25 that the Department of Education needs to hire more teachers with bilingual or English as a Second Language certifications.
The UFT announced on Feb. 27 that it will close its K–8 charter school in East New York, Brooklyn, at the end of the school year. At the same time, the union has asked the State University of New York to renew the charter for grades 9–12.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew convened a live webcast Q-&-A on Feb. 10 to paint a clearer picture for members of the governor’s harmful education proposals and the looming state budget negotiations in which the governor wields inordinate power.
After Gov. Cuomo unveiled his draconian education agenda, UFT President Michael Mulgrew moved quickly to call in parents, community leaders and the union’s own delegates to sound the alarm and solicit their ideas for how best to mount an effective challenge.
More than 14,000 recent UFT retirees received their full retroactive pay in one lump sum in late February. The checks were issued after an arbitrator adjusted the terms of the 2015 contract to cover the cost and ordered the DOE to immediately process the payments.
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Although charter schools are required to serve high-needs students at the same rate as most district schools, the truth is they don’t. A hard look at the data shows they aren’t even close.
Following the inaugural Moral Monday rally on Jan. 12 that drew a thousand protesters to Albany, the UFT joined once again with public school and community allies for a Moral Monday demonstration in front of Gov. Cuomo's office in midtown Manhattan on Feb. 2.
The UFT Delegate Assembly on Feb. 11 approved one resolution endorsing David Kazansky for election as a teacher-member of the city’s Teachers’ Retirement Board and another calling on the city Department of Education to restore comprehensive hearing-screening program for young students.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda took a solid one-two to the gut, courtesy of two of New York City’s heavy hitters during a joint budget hearing on education in Albany on Feb. 3. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña slammed Cuomo for the governor’s failure to pay the city the $2.5 billion in state aid that city schools are owed from the 2006 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.