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When Russell White is confronted by hostile student behavior that threatens to disrupt the classroom, the last thing he wants to do is add fuel to the fire by responding in anger.
“We’re stronger when every child has the chance to live up to his or her potential, and public education gives our kids that chance,’’ Hillary Clinton told the more than 3,000 delegates, including a UFT contingent, at the AFT convention in Minneapolis on July 18.
The new school year is just around the corner and many teachers are ready to stock up on supplies. This year, educators will have more Teacher’s Choice dollars to spend, and thanks to a new UFT partnership with Yoobi, those dollars can go further.
The American Federation of Teachers has relaunched the Share My Lesson website it helped create four years ago. A prominent new feature of the site is a special UFT section created by and for the local’s members.
Sixteen schools have won approval to join the PROSE program, enabling them to rethink old rules and come up with new ways of managing the school day to enhance student learning, professional development and parent engagement.
Many of the nearly 200 students who received the UFT’s Albert Shanker college scholarships have achieved in spite of challenging personal circumstances. That put them in good company at the 47th annual awards ceremony on June 13.
Hope Shing credits Stacy Blair, her French teacher at Essex Street Academy in Manhattan, with helping her believe she can do anything. “She is passionate about what she does and she encouraged me to try things to find my passion.”
Mariah Henry hadn’t seen Paul Turner since she was his middle school English teacher. But she made an impact on his life and he hasn’t forgotten.
“Guidance counselors are the heartbeat of the school,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariňa, as 26 guidance counselors were honored by the DOE at the 30th annual School Counselor Recognition Day Awards ceremony on May 25.
Eleanor Roosevelt HS Chapter Leader Arturo Molina won a $30,000 scholarship — one of only four winners — from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the New York City public school system, with the UFT leading the way, has moved forward further and faster than any school district in the state — but the work isn’t finished.
More than 200 UFT members gathered near union headquarters on June 16 for an event initially intended to kick off Pride Week but became a show of solidarity after the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 signed into law a bill that enables public school teachers and other public employees who are honorably discharged veterans and have five years in their civilian jobs to purchase up to three years of service credit toward their pensions.
“We’re feeling better but we’re not home yet,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew reassured retirees gathered for the 53rd annual Retired Teachers Chapter luncheon on June 13 as he summarized the state of New York City’s public schools at the close of the 2015–16 school year.
New requirements regarding certification and the tracking of professional development hours will take effect starting in July.
A 27.5 percent increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice, the UFT’s top budget priority, was secured for the 2016-2017 fiscal year after an intense lobbying campaign by members on social media and by union leaders at Council meetings and hearings.
City school officials have withdrawn a controversial proposal to co-locate a charter school at IS 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts in East Flatbush after the school community and neighborhood groups joined forces to organize a grassroots campaign to oppose it.
They were dressed to the nines, in satin and sequins and lace at the Provider Appreciation Awards Ceremony on May 13. The only thing that sparkled more than the outfits was their smiles when they spoke about their “kids.”
It was an upbeat day at the union’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 7 where UFT President Michael Mulgrew assured the more than 1,600 educators in attendance that there is “a changing dynamic in our profession.”
New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa pledged “to make teachers part of the solution” moving forward at an education town hall at the UFT’s 2016 Spring Education Conference.