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News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Whether you hop on the subway to a museum or just walk down the block to the local library, a field trip can be a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom. As you kick off the school year, here are some ideas to help you plan your next class trip.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Fifty years ago UFT members were among the more than 200 other volunteers from around the country took a stand against racism and segregation by teaching in Freedom Schools in Mississippi.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Thousands of union members, activists, parents and students rallied peacefully in Staten Island on Aug. 23 for justice in the case of Eric Garner, who died during an altercation with the police in July.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Seven more schools were selected over the summer to participate in the UFT’s Community Learning Schools initiative, joining 16 existing schools. Two more will be named this fall.

News stories | September 1, 2014 >>

For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective under the new evaluation system, there is a new process in place to appeal the rating.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Teachers rated Ineffective or Developing based on state Common Core tests this year or next will not face negative consequences, according to changes to the evaluation system agreed to by state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 19 in the final hours of the legislative session.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

At the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony, 188 young people, including nine graduate students, won Shanker scholarships to further their education. Students, families and teachers attended the ceremony at UFT headquarters to celebrate their achievement.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Some 40,000 books were given away outside the Refuge Church of Christ in Far Rockaway at an event organized by the UFT in partnership with the AFT and the nonprofit organization First Book.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The 28th annual Guidance Counselor Recognition Awards program honored 29 counselors from every borough, school level and special district.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by state lawmakers, announced new bipartisan state legislation to increase the diversity of the student body at the city’s eight specialized high schools by not basing admissions exclusively on the performance of an entrance exam.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The final city budget for the coming fiscal year will contain a 35 percent increase in Teacher’s Choice funding and a pilot program of universal free lunch in all middle schools, addressing two of the UFT’s lobbying priorities.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT members employed by the Department of Education began receiving the contract’s $1,000 signing bonus during the final week of school.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on June 11 that the recent California court ruling against teacher tenure was based on weak and faulty arguments and is going to be appealed.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The Daily News is now accepting nominations for its “Hometown Heroes in Education” awards.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

“If there’s anything better than retirement, I don’t know what it is.” That’s how retiree Emma Jones summed up the feelings she undoubtedly shared with almost 450 others who gathered to celebrate another year of retirement on June 2 at the 51st annual Retired Teachers Chapter Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

The New Orleans Recovery School District has with the end of this school year shuttered its last five remaining traditional public schools, creating the country’s first all-charter school district.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Nine school secretaries were honored at the 28th Annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon, which drew approximately 200 secretaries and their family members, friends and colleagues.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

No one is more acutely aware of the need to change the admissions process to the city’s eight specialized high schools than the educators who work in them.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Quick thinking and team work saved the life of Anthony English, a 62-year-old paraprofessional who collapsed while working in a prekindergarten class at P 10 at PS 304 in the Bronx.

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