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President's perspective | February 4, 2016 >>
January marks the beginning of the legislative session in Albany and I am happy to report, as we head into the session, that we have seen a lot of positive change on education policy in the last year.
President's perspective | January 7, 2016 >>
The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.
President's perspective | December 3, 2015 >>
In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiffs challenge the “fair share” requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services.
President's perspective | November 5, 2015 >>
There is a place in education for standards and standardized exams aligned to them. The problem is that they have been used improperly, not just in New York but all across our nation.
President's perspective | September 10, 2015 >>
Here’s the truth that needs to be told: Each and every day, in every classroom in every school building, you are doing amazing work with your students under very challenging circumstances.
President's perspective | July 10, 2015 >>
Calling this a challenging school year would be an understatement. Every educator I speak to is exhausted and more than ready for a well-earned summer break.
President's perspective | June 4, 2015 >>
Although the end is in sight, we still have much to do before the end of the school year and of the legislative session in Albany and the adoption of the final city budget for the next fiscal year.
President's perspective | May 7, 2015 >>
High-stakes testing was not part of Johnson’s vision for our schools; it was introduced by the Bush administration in 2001. And it has been a disaster.
President's perspective | April 2, 2015 >>
Every phone call, every Facebook post, every sign you made — it all helped move the needle and educate the public on the truth behind the governor’s proposals.
President's perspective | March 5, 2015 >>
Our message is simple: The governor must fairly fund our city and state’s public schools. Everything else is a distraction.
President's perspective | February 5, 2015 >>
Governor, hundreds of teachers across the city and state have invited you to visit their classrooms to see how education works on the ground and what our kids need in order to succeed. You haven’t responded. Apparently you’re afraid of teachers.
President's perspective | January 8, 2015 >>
I hope that each and every one of you had a happy and restful holiday break, and I wish you all the best for the new year that is now beginning.
President's perspective | December 4, 2014 >>
Our goal is to continue to work with the mayor and chancellor to show the public — in New York and beyond — what a great school system looks like and the role that empowered teachers have in building it
President's perspective | November 6, 2014 >>
No one denies the importance of the Regents exams, but pen-and-paper exams are not the only way to measure our students’ learning, or for them to demonstrate to us their mastery of a body of knowledge.
President's perspective | October 2, 2014 >>
No one understands the needs of educators better than educators themselves. That’s why we fought so hard to give members a voice in their schools and in the design of their own professional learning, effectively reversing years of being shut out by the previous administration.
President's perspective | June 26, 2014 >>
We expended a lot of energy — and relied heavily on your involvement — these last several years fighting against Mayor Bloomberg and his mistaken policies. Now we’ll be able to channel that energy into thinking creatively about how we can improve our school system.
President's perspective | June 5, 2014 >>
We now have a new contract — ratified and certified — that will allow us to transform education in New York City by placing parents and educators back in the driver’s seat in our city’s public schools.
President's perspective | May 15, 2014 >>
The new agreement will restore dignity and respect to our profession, improve our working conditions and secure the retroactive pay we are now owed while at the same time ensuring that our schools and students receive the supports that they need to succeed, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.