President's perspective

May 2, 2019

The charter school fight

At long last, the New York State Legislature that is more inclined to support pro-teacher, pro-public school policies. There was no lifting of the charter cap included in this year’s budget. 
But the charter school industry has regrouped. This fight is not over.

April 4, 2019

A better approach to student discipline

How do we change the overall climate in our schools to reduce the conflicts that interfere with student learning and make suspensions necessary? Addressing that challenge is the mission of the Positive Learning Collaborative.

March 7, 2019

A way to ease the burden of student debt

We asked, and you told us loud and clear: The burden of student debt is one of your most pressing concerns. We listened and are now offering participation in the Student Debt Relief Program for UFT members only.

February 7, 2019

A new day for teacher evaluation

Between our recent collective bargaining on teacher evaluation and this latest bill, we’re moving toward a system that no longer makes test scores the focal point of teacher evaluations. It’s all part of recasting the evaluation system as an opportunity to support the professional growth of teachers throughout their careers.

January 3, 2019

Power tools to get the job done

As a chapter leader I always wanted better tools to resolve those kinds of issues without escalating them to a grievance, if possible. Now we have them.

December 6, 2018

Achieving our political goals

Just two years ago, with a hostile new administration in the White House and with the Janus case bearing down on us at the Supreme Court, things looked much bleaker. We didn’t panic. We had a plan, and we took it one step at a time.

November 1, 2018

A member-made contract

At the heart of this contract is the belief that if you want to achieve something significant, you have to empower the people who do the work.

October 4, 2018

The limits of testing

New York State has begun to undo the legacy of lost instruction and parental anger brought about by the testing craze championed by the school “reform” movement. But it still has a ways to go to create a genuine culture of support for the schools and teachers that our children need.


September 6, 2018

The state of the union

We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure the UFT remains a formidable force, but we have reason to be optimistic. 


July 5, 2018

Strength in unity

That’s the power of the union — nothing less than a fully engaged membership taking on an important issue and not giving up.

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