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The scores of New York City students increased modestly in both math and English language arts on the latest state tests, released on Aug. 14, as the students became more familiar with the Common Core Learning Standards and their teachers worked hard with what materials and training they eventually got.
The UFT is supporting a large slate of candidates in the 2014 elections for the New York Assembly and Senate and the U.S. Congress through its state affliliate, NYSUT. Among the 98 endorsed candidates who represent parts of New York City are five women vying for open seats in the Assembly.
For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective under the new evaluation system, there is a new process in place to appeal the rating.
Whether you hop on the subway to a museum or just walk down the block to the local library, a field trip can be a great way to extend learning beyond the classroom. As you kick off the school year, here are some ideas to help you plan your next class trip.
Fifty years ago UFT members were among the more than 200 other volunteers from around the country took a stand against racism and segregation by teaching in Freedom Schools in Mississippi.
Thousands of union members, activists, parents and students rallied peacefully in Staten Island on Aug. 23 for justice in the case of Eric Garner, who died during an altercation with the police in July.
Seven more schools were selected over the summer to participate in the UFT’s Community Learning Schools initiative, joining 16 existing schools. Two more will be named this fall.
The first rate increases under the new UFT/Department of Education contract are taking effect this fall.
In response to a buyout offer negotiated as part of the new contract, 115 teachers and other school staff in the Absent Teacher Reserve accepted incentives of up 10 weeks’ severance pay in return for retiring or resigning by the end of July, the DOE reported.
Teachers rated Ineffective or Developing based on state Common Core tests this year or next will not face negative consequences, according to changes to the evaluation system agreed to by state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 19 in the final hours of the legislative session.
At the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony, 188 young people, including nine graduate students, won Shanker scholarships to further their education. Students, families and teachers attended the ceremony at UFT headquarters to celebrate their achievement.
In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.
Some 40,000 books were given away outside the Refuge Church of Christ in Far Rockaway at an event organized by the UFT in partnership with the AFT and the nonprofit organization First Book.
The 28th annual Guidance Counselor Recognition Awards program honored 29 counselors from every borough, school level and special district.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by state lawmakers, announced new bipartisan state legislation to increase the diversity of the student body at the city’s eight specialized high schools by not basing admissions exclusively on the performance of an entrance exam.
The final city budget for the coming fiscal year will contain a 35 percent increase in Teacher’s Choice funding and a pilot program of universal free lunch in all middle schools, addressing two of the UFT’s lobbying priorities.
UFT members employed by the Department of Education began receiving the contract’s $1,000 signing bonus during the final week of school.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on June 11 that the recent California court ruling against teacher tenure was based on weak and faulty arguments and is going to be appealed.
The Daily News is now accepting nominations for its “Hometown Heroes in Education” awards.
“If there’s anything better than retirement, I don’t know what it is.” That’s how retiree Emma Jones summed up the feelings she undoubtedly shared with almost 450 others who gathered to celebrate another year of retirement on June 2 at the 51st annual Retired Teachers Chapter Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel.