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News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

"An arbitrator has now said that our members should receive all the money they are entitled to," said Michael Mulgrew. "We accept his offer to quickly work out the details."


News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

The power and promise of community schools were on display on Nov. 20 as invited educators, politicians and community leaders got an in-depth tour of the Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH), one of the UFT’s 23 Community Learning Schools.


News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Rejecting his predecessor’s practice of closing struggling schools and replacing them with smaller ones, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Nov. 3 unveiled a new blueprint for turning around 94 of the city's most troubled schools.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

In a fiery speech accepting the Charles Cogen Award, the union’s highest honor and the highlight of Teacher Union Day, Mona Romain told cheering colleagues, “The union is deep inside me.”

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

The UFT is stronger than ever.
That point was repeated often during the 54th annual Teacher Union Day ceremony, a day that honors those who participated in the first UFT strike on Nov. 7, 1960, and the union stalwarts of today.


News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Averting the threatened closure by the state of two long-troubled high schools in Brooklyn, the UFT and the Department of Education on Nov. 7 agreed to a plan aimed at revitalizing them instead.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Literacy rates for students with disabilities are abysmal and better teacher training and evidence-based reading instruction are crucial to improve outcomes, say advocates for students with special needs, who sounded the alarm at an Oct. 28 City Council Committee hearing devoted to special education instruction.


News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

The Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference on Oct. 28 provided participants with strategies to confront bullying, wherever it occurs. The theme of this year's conference was “Peace Begins with You.”

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

It’s time to apologize. That was the message sent by UFT President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Oct. 30 as they delivered petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the editors of Time magazine to apologize for a recent cover.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

From now until the end of December, UFT members can take advantage of Mayor de Blasio’s Flu Vaccination Campaign, a new program launched to ensure that city employees have easy access to a flu shot.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Republican candidates gained a clear majority in the New York State Senate in the midterm elections on Nov. 4, despite the best efforts of the UFT and other unions and progressive organizations to elect candidates more supportive of public schools and working people.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on Nov. 18 that the midterm elections earlier in November had put many statehouses firmly in the hands of conservative governors and legislators whose agenda would inflict harm on public schools, unions and working Americans.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

There are now 62 PROSE schools and there is room for at least that many more next year. If you and your school staff are interested in applying, consider attending an upcoming PROSE planning session.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

There was plenty to be thankful for on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the UFT welcomed 150 children from local homeless shelters to its headquarters for its first Thanksgiving luncheon. The children — who ranged in age from 2 to 15 — left with brand-new winter coats and accessories donated by UFT members.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Nov. 5 a bill that will require the Department of Education to report more information on guidance counselors and social workers in public schools. 


News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

You’re not alone. That’s the promise these five parent leaders kept to the 2,000 others who attended the UFT parent conferences this fall in each of the five boroughs.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

Even as Seth Low Intermediate School rebuilds under the leadership of a new principal, the co-location of Eva Moskowitz's expanding Success Academy charter in its building has frustrated educators.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

Chancellor Fariña announced a new evaluation system for schools that looks "beyond test scores" to take a multi-faceted approach to measuring success.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

New York City Council members, joined by NAACP representatives, advocates, parent leaders and the UFT, launched a campaign to increase school diversity and credit multiple measures of student success at a press conference in the City Hall rotunda on Oct. 22.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

With public schools under attack, the UFT will launch an ad campaign on Oct. 6 to remind New Yorkers of the passion and promise of public education. The 30-second spot, called “Think Big,” will air from Oct. 6 – Oct. 17 on broadcast, cable and social media platforms.

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