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July 5, 2018

Contract talks begin

Negotiations have begun on the next DOE-UFT contract. The DOE and the union on June 7 held their first bargaining session, attended by members of the union’s 400-member negotiations committee.

Diversity plan for specialized high schools

The UFT has long argued that students and teachers are more than a single test score. That is why UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined School Chancellor Richard Carranza, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city elected officials on June 3 to call on state legislators to change a law that requires a single test for admission into the city’s eight specialized high schools.

Winning ‘our fight together’

In May 2017, Emily James, a mother of two and a teacher at Brooklyn Preparatory HS, decided to publish a petition on Change.org calling on the UFT and the DOE to implement a paid parental leave policy. In just a few months, James’ petition garnered more than 80,000 signatures and thrust the UFT’s efforts to negotiate a parental leave policy into the spotlight.

City boosts spending for UFT priorities

The New York City Council passed a city budget on June 14 that increases overall education spending and boosts funding for four UFT education programs and initiatives.

Teachers redo science scope and sequence

The city DOE’s scope and sequence for science in prekindergarten through grade 5 has been overhauled for the 2018–19 school year, thanks to the efforts of NYC science teachers. A team of 24 science teachers from across the city spent nearly a year working collaboratively on weekends to update the scope and sequence to align with the new state science standards.

Teachers confront Golden on evaluation bill

Brooklyn teachers rallied outside state Sen. Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge on June 1 to try to change his mind — and his opposition — to the state bill to sever the mandatory link between students’ state test scores and teacher evaluations.

June 7, 2018

Council members urged to back UFT programs

New York City Council members attending the UFT’s May 3 legislative breakfast heard why it’s important to continue supporting five of the UFT’s signature programs: Teacher’s Choice, the Community Learning Schools Initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-a-Teacher homework helpline.

Saluting ‘our kids’

The UFT honored 180 high 
school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.

Space wiz took off after receiving honor

Space physicist Jerry Goldstein is still grateful for the Albert Shanker college scholarship he received 30 years ago.

‘Our destiny rests in our hands’

With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly days away from issuing a ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged chapter leaders and delegates at the May 16 Delegate Assembly to make sure members in their chapters understand what is at stake for them in the case.

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