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December 1, 2016

UFT part of coalition seeking free lunch for all students

For most public school students in New York City, the old adage holds true: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a coalition of labor unions including the UFT, food advocates, elected officials and educators is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change that.

Delegates show resolve as they share election-loss fears

The Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly, coming on the day after Election Day, was suffering from a collective election-results hangover of, well, Trumpian proportions.

Teaming up for our children

Thousands of parents, grandparents and guardians flocked to the UFT’s seventh annual series of parent conferences held in each borough in October and November to learn strategies to help their children succeed at school and to advocate more forcefully on their behalf.

Union’s new paperwork protocol gets results

Teachers at James Madison HS got relief from burdensome paperwork this year thanks to the union's new reporting process.

After long road to classroom, teacher fears deportation

Juan Carlos Perez's story of his progress from undocumented immigrant to teacher of immigrant students seems like a classic American success story — yet it is one that could be irrevocably altered by the election of Donald Trump.

$33 million in back pay for SESIS work going to members

The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.

Pact tackles SESIS ‘nightmare’

The UFT and the DOE on Nov. 18 signed an agreement that addresses the challenging working conditions that speech teachers have faced when documenting their work with children with speech and language delays in the SESIS system.

Experts predict post-election revival of ‘corporate’ education reform

With the election of Donald Trump as president, all bets about the future of "corporate" education reform are off, and public school advocates are bracing for the worst.
That was the consensus of a panelists participating in a Nov. 16 conference on the future of public schools organized by the UFT. 

A day of empowerment

The first annual conference for educators of English language learners — ELL Raising — on Saturday, Oct. 29 at union headquarters resembled a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

Staffers save 6th-grader’s life in Queens

As a child in Long Island, Amy Spears had a ringside seat for emergencies and life-saving efforts. Her father was a volunteer EMT. On Oct. 20, Spears, now a math teacher at Louis Armstrong MS, was called upon to save a child's life.

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