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President's perspective | November 14, 2013 >>
Bloomberg-style “drill-and-kill” standardized test prep has sadly become the norm for our students, and attaching high stakes to the tests has all but forced real teaching and learning out of our classrooms.
President's perspective | October 17, 2013 >>
Our students and members should not be harmed by the botched implementation of the Common Core. That is what our call for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences is all about.
President's perspective | September 26, 2013 >>
It is in a way pretty simple: If we are going to be evaluated on our teaching, then we are entitled to get what we need to teach.
President's perspective | June 27, 2013 >>
It is no coincidence that within hours after the UFT announced its support on June 19 for Bill Thompson for mayor, the city’s 1 percent reacted with alarm, publishing editorials in the tabloids denouncing us and a long op-ed in the Daily News by Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson denouncing Bill Thompson as a tool of the union.
President's perspective | June 13, 2013 >>
The commissioner said the key to the new evaluation system is “support and professional development” for teachers. That’s what we have always wanted.
President's perspective | May 30, 2013 >>
We’re all coming together — members of all the unions in the Municipal Labor Committee — for a rally on June 12 outside City Hall to tell the mayor enough is enough.
President's perspective | May 16, 2013 >>
Let’s create a Truth Commission, a panel of independent experts, retired educators, parents and members of the public to obtain the facts and get those facts out to the public about Mayor Bloomberg's education record. This would be the best way for the public to regain its confidence in the Department of Education.
President's perspective | May 2, 2013 >>
This op-ed by President Mulgrew, which ran recently in the Daily News, helps to inform the public about the changes the next mayor needs to make to DOE policies.
President's perspective | April 11, 2013 >>
Our political work and lobbying in Albany have paid off: Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature reached a budget agreement on April 2 that is the best we have had for our schools in a decade.
President's perspective | March 21, 2013 >>
The column is an abridged version of a letter UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent to members on March 14 announcing the UFT’s recommendations for school governance reform. The union is proposing a wide range of changes to restore balance to the city’s system of school governance, including dramatic changes to the composition of the Panel for Educational Policy that will eliminate the mayor’s majority.
President's perspective | February 28, 2013 >>
Our union and our profession have been under attack in the last several years. We’re told we don’t work hard enough, that our results with our students are not great enough, that our profession and our schools need to be “reformed” for the sake of our children. But those who attack us do not understand teaching, and they do not understand just how hard our jobs are.
President's perspective | February 14, 2013 >>
As the race for mayor quickly approaches, we are looking toward a brighter future than what we have had for the past few years.
President's perspective | January 31, 2013 >>
During our negotiations with the Department of Education over a new teacher development and evaluation system, we fought hard for a system that would treat teachers like the professionals we are and would help us improve our skills throughout our careers. That is, after all, what the state law requires.
President's perspective | January 17, 2013 >>
Mayor Bloomberg nearly lost it on his weekly radio show on Jan. 4, with his infamous and absurd comparison between the UFT and the National Rifle Association. I wear the mayor's attacks as a badge of honor. But the comparison to the NRA — just weeks after a national school-shooting tragedy — marked a new low for the mayor.
President's perspective | December 20, 2012 >>
As we mourn the recent tragedy in Newtown, we must nevertheless move ahead with our work here in New York. Mayor Bloomberg is playing politics with our schools and the future of our students — and he must stop. With $250 million in state aid for schools hanging in the balance, it is disgraceful that he is playing these games.
President's perspective | December 6, 2012 >>
Unfortunately, the Department of Education under Mayor Bloomberg continues to fail us, this time by failing to provide the tools and instructional supports that we need to teach to the new Common Core Learning Standards.
President's perspective | November 22, 2012 >>
As we continue to face the tremendous hardship and difficulties that Hurricane Sandy has caused for so many of us and so many of the communities that we serve, we must remember that it is our support for each other and our school communities and our passion for the work that we do that carries us through these difficult times.
President's perspective | November 1, 2012 >>
Teams of UFT members were volunteering in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, including the Rockaways, Coney Island, Staten Island and Gerritsen Beach, having volunteered to spend Election Day bringing relief to their fellow New Yorkers.
President's perspective | October 18, 2012 >>
The presidential elections are nearly upon us, and I cannot stress enough their importance for both our union and the nation as a whole. We are at a crossroads, faced with a fundamental choice between progress and a return to the failed policies of the past.