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February 2, 2017

Mission accomplished!

The city Department of Education in January fulfilled its agreement to clear 765 public school buildings of light fixtures containing the probable carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that had threatened the well-being of students and teachers.

Grant helps providers buy teaching aids

The UFT has won a $2.7 million state Quality Grant to fund educational supplies for family child care providers.

Billionaire family created Wild West of the charter movement

Now 85 percent of the state’s charters are run by for-profit companies, and there is still no constraint on who gets to sell education in Detroit. It’s a Wild West of unfettered choices that don’t educate kids.

Vouchers could gut $500M from NYC schools

More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned.

Advanced Placement record set

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined the mayor and the schools chancellor on Jan. 17 to announce that a record number of New York City public school students took and passed Advanced Placement exams in the prior school year.

Mayor’s budget would fund 38,000 new seats

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed funding more than 38,000 new public school seats in his preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year.

Cuomo pitches $1B hike in school funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1 billion increase in state aid to public schools while proposing a change to the formula used to distribute education aid statewide. The governor also said he wants to keep the millionaire’s tax.

There was a good plan, but the money won out

Wytrice Harris, a parent of two Detroit Public School students, saw firsthand the havoc that Bety DeVos' "school choice" agenda wreaked on schools.

Squeezed out

“Charter advocates spin the tale that you can shoehorn charter schools into public school buildings without any repercussions for the children and staff already in those buildings,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “It’s far from the truth.”

DOE relaxes ban on suspending K–2 students

Responding to the UFT’s sharp criticism, the Department of Education has retreated from its pledge to ban all suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

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