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The MyLibraryNYC program, a partnership of the city's three public library systems, delivers class sets of the same book and collections of age-appropriate books on a single topic — all for free — to 550 participating schools in all five boroughs.
New York City’s child care providers have overwhelmingly ratified a $43 million agreement with the state Office of Children and Family Services that will feature valuable health benefits as well as grant money to enhance their skills and better equip their programs. “It’s an historic contract that will greatly improve the lives of our members and of the children we serve,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
The UFT on Dec. 18 blasted a letter from the Cuomo administration to state Education Commissioner John King that intimated that the governor was going to use the power he has in the budgetary process to try to ram through changes to education policy that charter school advocates and corporate education reform groups have been pushing for years.
Christmas came early this year for 127 homeless children as they arrived for a holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Saturday, Dec. 13.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Dec. 9 called for closing tax loopholes that benefit non-resident owners of luxury properties to raise revenue to bring class sizes in kindergarten through Grade 3 down to no more than 15 children.
The training at the heart of the Institute for Understanding Behavior — therapeutic crisis intervention — has been prescribed in the settlement of a lawsuit that challenged the practice of sending disruptive children to hospital emergency rooms.
Maria Portalatin, a fearless fighter for labor and Latino rights who helped found the UFT Paraprofessionals Chapter in 1969 and served as its chapter leader for more than 25 years, died on Dec. 5. She was 77.
“It’s not about color; it’s about human dignity,” said Suzette Robbins, a paraprofessional who joined the 10-bus caravan of UFT and NAACP members to Washington, D.C. for the Justice for All March on Dec. 13.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the UFT Delegate Assembly at its meeting on Dec. 17 that the union is calling on policymakers in Albany to rely on facts and research when making decisions about public schools.
The hot topic of how to increase diversity in city schools, particularly in the specialized high schools, came before a packed City Council chamber on Dec. 11.
The DOE’s Office of Library Services is holding information sessions for individuals interested in a career as a school librarian or those simply looking to expand their role as an educator while accumulating credits toward a salary differential.
Every Assembly Member from New York City received a visit in December from a delegation of UFT members, parents and community leaders as the union kicked off a new Fairness and Equity Campaign. The union’s message: we need public schools that serve all children.
UFT Vice President Anne Goldman, the head of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, set the tone for this year’s Professional Issues Conference on Nov. 21 and 22 with her indictment of the American health care system, which she said is “not intended to treat each person optimally” but rather “to ration care.”
Student debt in the United States has risen dramatically over the last 20 years as more students, including more low-income students, attend college.
Acknowledging the grueling Bloomberg era that marked the last years of their careers — “when you weren’t respected, when you were demeaned in public and when the problem with education was you” — UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the retirees at the New Retiree Luncheon on Nov. 25, “You are some of the bravest people I have ever met.”
As a solution to the stubbornly persistent problems of chronic absenteeism and lagging student achievement, the city is providing $52 million to launch 45 community schools throughout the city and pair them with 25 community-based organizations to provide much-needed wraparound social services for students.
"An arbitrator has now said that our members should receive all the money they are entitled to," said Michael Mulgrew. "We accept his offer to quickly work out the details."
The power and promise of community schools were on display on Nov. 20 as invited educators, politicians and community leaders got an in-depth tour of the Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH), one of the UFT’s 23 Community Learning Schools.
Rejecting his predecessor’s practice of closing struggling schools and replacing them with smaller ones, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Nov. 3 unveiled a new blueprint for turning around 94 of the city's most troubled schools.
What do you think of Mayor De Blasio’s plan to lift the ban on cell phones in schools?
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