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Incensed by what they said were confusing, developmentally inappropriate or needlessly long questions on this year’s English language arts exams, teachers, parents and students at more than 35 schools in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn mounted early-morning protests against the tests on April 11, drawing large turnouts.
Test scores in grades 3 through 8 will no longer be the dominant factor in deciding which students are promoted, according to a new policy unveiled on April 9 by Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Teachers and principals will also consider other measures — including class projects, grades and writing samples — in deciding which students should advance to the next grade.
The value of early childhood education has dominated the headlines in recent months, but the 700 educators who participated in the UFT’s seventh annual Early Childhood Conference on March 22 didn’t need to be convinced of its importance.
NYSUT delegates elected a new president along with a slate of other new officers in a contested election at the state teachers’ union’s 42nd Representative Assembly.Karen Magee, the president of the Harrison Association of Teachers in Westchester County, won as president over incumbent Dick Iannuzzi in the election on April 5.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña assured UFT members at a town hall meeting at union headquarters that her first priority — and the accomplishment by which she most wants to be judged — is restoring dignity and respect to the teaching profession.
New York City plans to hire thousands more prekindergarten teachers over the next few years. If you currently hold a New York State teaching certificate and are interested in becoming certified to teach pre-K, here’s what you need to know about the process.
The UFT Workplace Dispute Mediation program gives co-workers the opportunity to sit down together in a neutral place with an impartial, trained and licensed clinician to help resolve certain workplace conflicts.
“It’s all about middle school this year,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña told an enthusiastic audience of more than 500 middle school educators attending the UFT’s first Middle School Conference on March 29.
The morning started out like any other Monday for Tanisha Gill, a 1st-grade teacher at PS 66 in the Bronx. Then as Gill exited the No. 2 train at Freeman Street on March 31 on her way to school, she was approached on the platform by a girl who asked for help.
By now, all members covered by the new teacher evaluation process should have received the UFT’s end-of-year guide to the system. This is the first — and we hope the last — guide to ending a school year under this particular teacher evaluation and development system. The UFT is in talks with the city.The guide and more information on the evaluation system is online at www.uft.org/evaluation.
For Geraldine Kentish and her two children, it’s a dream come true; a real home at last — thanks to the efforts of her son's former teacher.
Nurses at Staten Island Hospital on March 27 overwhelmingly approved a three-year contract that increases wages, preserves health benefits and improves the patient-nurse staffing ratio.
Celebrated scholar and blogger Diane Ravitch on April 8 mapped out the powerful, well-financed forces gunning to destroy public education across the nation — eliciting a rousing response from the full house of educators.
There was prolonged applause at the April 9 Delegate Assembly when UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced that test scores will no longer be the deciding factor in student promotion decisions for Grades 3 to 8.
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York on April 8 abruptly laid off 775 employees, including 400 members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, as part of a company restructuring, prompting an outcry from the union and the community.
On April 2, the New York State Education Department, bowing to parent and public pressure — including from the UFT — agreed to sever its ties with inBloom, a nonprofit funded by the Gates and Carnegie foundations, which had contracted with Rupert Murdoch’s education division, Amplify, to gather confidential student data.
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Legislators passed a new state budget on April 1 that will add more than $400 million in school aid for New York City and provide another $300 million to fund Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promised expansion of full-day prekindergarten to all four-year-olds in the city.
Underscoring the need for raises and better working conditions to be negotiated in the next teachers’ contract, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned on March 12 that New York City schools were losing thousands of teachers to the surrounding suburbs, which pay more and have lower class sizes and better teaching conditions.
Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s first comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how grueling their working conditions became.
Matthew Kirwan, the chapter leader of PS 74 on Staten Island, said he was participating for the third time in the union’s annual Lobby Day to make sure state lawmakers heard firsthand from classroom educators about their issues. “This is our opportunity to voice those issues and advocate for things that we need,” he said.