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The UFT is calling on the state Legislature to enact “anti-creaming” laws requiring taxpayer-funded charter schools and networks to accept and keep high-needs students in numbers comparable to those in public schools.
Throwing down the gauntlet before the governor’s budget address, parents and other education advocates on Jan. 10 called on the state to pay the billions of dollars it owes New York City public schools.
Teacher departures are once again on the rise after a brief slowdown following the 2008 recession, according to a new UFT analysis of city Department of Education payroll data.
Governor Cuomo embraced community schools and universal pre-K in his State of the State address on Jan. 13. “We’ve come a long way from last year,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter school chain is under fire from all sides for its harsh discipline policies and treatment of students with special needs. The network, the city’s largest operator of charter schools, now faces an investigation by the institute that licenses charter schools in the state as well as a federal lawsuit filed by parents and a formal complaint lodged by parents with the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
An online survey conducted during the January Delegate Assembly confirmed the difficulties with school safety and discipline that educators are facing.
More than 600 schools get a funding boost in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary 2017 city budget. The mayor also underscored his commitment to college readiness with support for an array of programs that will better prepare high school students for higher education.
The DOE has announced that it will begin departmentalizing math instruction for 5th-graders in elementary schools to make sure more eighth-graders are prepared for algebra.
The UFT on Jan. 15 launched a new TV ad urging New Yorkers to support revisions to the state’s learning standards proposed by Governor Cuomo’s Common Core task force, which also set in motion a four-year ban on the use of state growth scores to evaluate teachers.
In a move that few would have predicted a year ago, the State Board of Regents on Dec. 14 voted nearly unanimously to eliminate state-provided growth scores based on state standardized test scores from teacher evaluations for four years.
The State Education Department this year introduced changes to English language learner instruction that promised more instructional choices, stricter oversight and better parent communications.
President Obama on Dec. 10 signed into law major legislation that dials back the federal role in public education and bars the federal government from tying teacher evaluations to test scores.
The results of a State Education Department survey that invited educators and parents to weigh in on the Common Core Learning Standards indicate that the standards for the early grades are in need of the greatest revision.
Kishayna Hazlewood, a 3rd-grade teacher at PS 156 in Brownsville, said she "was able to bring the story of the child into the conversation" in her work on the Common Core task force convened by Governor Cuomo.
In the first-ever online survey conducted during a Delegate Assembly meeting, UFT members helped quantify the problems with integrated co-teaching classes this school year.
The Federation of Nurses/UFT’s fighting spirit was on full display at the union’s annual Professional Issues Conference on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. Around 250 nurses turned out for the event, which included panels on the politics of health care and the challenges faced by practitioners and a plethora of workshops on everything from time management to women’s health.
“It’s amazing to see what’s happened at PS 369 in the Bronx,” Principal Jaleelah Cooke told state and local legislators gathered to learn more about the Positive Learning Collaborative at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10.
If you have been a UFT union member for 50, 60 or 70 consecutive years, you might be eligible for the UFT 50-, 60- or 70-Year Membership and Service Award. Note that 50, 60 or 70 years in the New York City school system does not necessarily indicate continuous UFT membership.
Teachers and professional staff at University Prep Charter HS in the South Bronx on Nov. 20 approved a new two-year contract by unanimous vote.