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January 5, 2017

‘Advocacy for each patient’ is what counts

The importance of nurses as advocates for their patients and their profession was a prominent theme of the 37nd annual Professional Issues Conference of the Federation of Nurses/UFT held on Nov. 18 and 19.

Mulgrew counts the ways DeVos is bad choice

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Dec. 14 Delegate Assembly that education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has spent her entire life "attacking public education and workers' rights."

‘Post-election tough days ahead’

Tom Murphy, the leader of the UFT Retired Teachers Chapter, called on the union’s most recent retirees assembled for its annual New Retiree Luncheon on Nov. 22 to stay active and united in the face of “the post-election tough days ahead.”

Welcome to ‘an amazing profession’

New members throughout the city gathered at UFT borough offices this fall to network with colleagues, meet their UFT representatives and get important information. The meet-and-greet events were part of the special outreach that the UFT’s New Member Initiative does each year to engage and inform the union’s newest members. 


Evaluation agreement announced

Chancellor Farina and UFT President Mulgrew on Dec. 21 announced an agreement that aligns the city’s teacher evaluation system with the changes made in a 2015 state law while moving to incorporate more authentic assessments of student learning.

Have no fear

When the results of the presidential election left many New York City public school students and their families feeling vulnerable, educators across the city mobilized to participate in a Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 21 in support of an inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful environment for all students.

Bracing for an assault on public schools

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told a gathering of state and local elected officials that school funding remains one of the union's top legislative priorities this year.

New vehicle for schools with history of oversize classes

Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT was able to gain a new process to help schools with chronically oversize classes find solutions.

Free lunch on the menu

The UFT and other members of the Lunch 4 Learning coalition on Dec. 15 delivered to City Hall more than 9,000 postcards from public school parents asking to fund free school lunch for all 1.1 million New York City public school children.

New ELA test policy approved

Students with reading disabilities will now have a chance to demonstrate what they know on New York State English Language Arts assessments, thanks to a new state policy that will allow the entire test — not just directions — to be read aloud to them.


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