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The state Legislature signed off on a final state budget on March 31 that will deliver an extra $465 million to New York City schools next year, a 6 percent increase that is the largest in eight years. 


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With Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressuring state lawmakers to pass his misguided education proposals as part of the state budget, 1,100 UFT members on March 12 converged on the state capital to shift the focus to the real priority: getting the state to pay the $2.5 billion it owes to New York City schools.

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Protests against Cuomo’s harmful public education agenda peaked in New York City on March 12, when parents, their children and educators joined hands to form a human chain around their buildings as if to protect them from the governor’s proposals.

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“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity” was the theme of the second annual Middle School Conference on Feb. 28, which attracted more than 450 educators.

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School-based employees currently on an approved leave of absence are now required to use the Department of Education’s Self-Service Online Leave Application System (SOLAS) to inform the DOE of their intention to return to work, retire, resign, extend current leave or apply for a new leave for the 2015–16 school year.

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The joy and versatility of early childhood education were on full display at the UFT’s eighth annual Early Childhood Conference on March 7. The theme of the conference was “Learning Together, Growing Together,” and more than 600 educators did just that in workshops that highlighted the multifaceted nature of early childhood education.


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The UFT is appealing a state judge’s ruling that allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher tenure and seniority rights to proceed. 


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It’s time to order your tickets for the UFT’s annual Spring Education Conference, which promises to be a day of celebration and inspiration for our work as public school educators. The Saturday, May 30 event will feature a town hall, exhibits, a gala luncheon and a choice of relevant workshops.

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Now that city and state budgets are back in the black, the City Council should restore funding for Teacher’s Choice, UFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus told the Council in budget testimony on March 25.


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The Council Education Committee on March 19 adopted a resolution calling on the state Legislature to reject Gov. Cuomo’s receivership approach for fixing struggling city schools via a state takeover.

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Seeking to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to seize control of struggling schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio set out in March to highlight the scope of his efforts to improve the city’s most troubled schools.


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The UFT lost a founding member and former officer with the passing of Morris Shapiro, who died in January at the age of 101.

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Friends and colleagues gathered to pay tribute to former UFT Treasurer Harriet Merchant at funeral services following her death on March 11 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 79.

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“I love the collaboration we have and meeting with other paras, and I love the training I’m getting here,” said Jacqueline Marshall, a paraprofessional at PS 44 in Brooklyn. That dedication and enthusiasm were evident throughout the 34th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon, which drew more than 1,000 paras on March 21. 


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Around 150 parents, teachers and students from Brooklyn’s Community School District 15 rallied and picketed outside Gov. Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan offices on March 11. 
PS 24 Chapter Leader Erika Dagress said she trekked to the rally from her Sunset Park school because Cuomo “is trying to break public education.”


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The parent-led Community Education Councils from 22 school districts across the city passed resolutions opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed education proposals as part of the joint fight being waged by parents and teachers.


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As budget negotiations were going down to the wire in Albany, some 5,000 parents, teachers and students from across the state converged outside Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office for a March 28 rally that marked the culmination of their months-long campaign to stop him from pushing through radical changes to public education policy favored by his Wall Street backers as part of the state budget.


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UFT President Michael Mulgrew opened the Delegate Assembly on March 25 by thanking delegates for the union’s outstanding work in countering Gov. Cuomo’s destructive education agenda.


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