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In a long-awaited decision, the de Blasio administration on Feb. 27 nixed nine of the 49 co-locations hurriedly approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg era.
The UFT has begun meeting with the DOE regarding the UFT contract, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced during his report to the Delegate Assembly on Feb. 5. “I’m putting our negotiating committee on notice: There is talking going on,” he said.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for the Department of Education to review The New Teacher Project’s contract to conduct the training of New York City Teaching Fellows after a union survey found that nearly half of the graduates gave low marks to the training they received.
Goodbye, Joe Shannon. New York City educators thank you!
Two Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work at Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center were among those who responded to the appeal for medical volunteers to help in the relief effort. The two young nurses used their vacation time for the two-week mission, where they treated the sick and injured at makeshift health clinics.
The terrifying episode began as writing specialist Vanessa Veal’s 1st-grade students at PS 75 in the South Bronx filed into class after lunch and she saw a six-year-old girl with her hands around her throat. “That’s a classic symbol of choking," she said.
While progress has been made in schools regarding bullying and inappropriate treatment of gay and LGBT students and educators, there is still much work to do, UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson told the City Council Education Committee during a hearing on Feb. 25.
A 12-year-old autistic boy who went missing on Jan. 30 before arriving at his Queens school was found because of the quick detective work of school staff.
UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford reiterated the union’s endorsement of the mayor’s full-day universal prekindergarten plan in testimony before the City Council on Feb. 11.
The editorial board for Educator’s Voice, a journal published by New York State United Teachers, is seeking proposals for articles to be included in its “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for the 21st Century Learner” issue that will be published in April 2015.
New teacher hiring picked up in the 2012-13 school year and during the start of this one as the DOE finally started to lift its recession-era hiring freeze. However, departures also increased, especially among experienced educators, adding to an outflow of teaching talent that has plagued the city schools in recent years.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled a clean break with the past in his first formal presentations as mayor — his State of the City address on Feb. 10 and a budget address on Feb. 12 — recognizing and praising the municipal workforce and pledging to work in partnership with the city’s public unions.
Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio takes welcome steps to require greater scrutiny of co-location proposals, schools dealing with co-locations foisted on them during the Bloomberg years continue to pay a price. A case in point is Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.
More than 35 educators, chosen by students and colleagues, received awards for their work by the union and its industry partners at this year’s CTE Awards Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 6 at UFT headquarters.
For the parent leaders and volunteers who gathered at UFT headquarters on Feb. 24 for the quarterly meeting of the citywide Community Education Councils with union leadership, the new tone set by Mayor de Blasio has made a big difference in how they see the future.
Amid a statewide furor over the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, the State Assembly on Feb. 28 introduced a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to the New York state tests for teachers and students.
All members of the UFT are being urged by the union’s leadership to sign nominating petitions to elect Tom Brown to a three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.
In the wake of a recent lab accident at a Manhattan high school, UFT delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution to call on the Department of Education to put a lab specialist in every secondary school and to ensure that every science teacher has safety training.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly this month that the union hopes to have a new contract by the end of the school year.
Members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT on Jan. 30 overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The home health care agency agreed to a contract that preserves the nurses’ existing health care and pension benefits.