President's perspective

March 2, 2017

Open the books on charter schools

When President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a meeting at the White House with the “education community” on Feb. 14, it showed the deep disconnect between his administration and the reality of education in the United States.

February 2, 2017

We want to hear your story

With public schools under unprecedented attack, it has never been more important for educators and parents to tell their stories.

January 5, 2017

A grave risk to our rights and benefits

New York voters will be asked in November 2017 if they want to hold a constitutional convention to revise our state constitution. What’s at stake? Everything. The rights now enshrined in the constitution will all be fair game.

December 1, 2016

Our strength in challenging times

We have to hold fast to our core beliefs: that public education is critical to the future of this country; that all communities within our school communities deserve respect and dignity; and that workers have a right to unionize and be treated fairly. Our union’s 56-year history is built on fighting for those core beliefs. And nothing that happened on Nov. 8 has changed that.

November 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton for president

The presidential election of 2016 is historic because we have an opportunity to elect the first woman president.

October 6, 2016

Curbing excessive paperwork

When we hear a constant drumroll of complaints about a persistent obstacle, we take it seriously. And paperwork is the No. 1 complaint our members have about their workday.

September 8, 2016

Facing a year of opportunities

Fair funding tops the UFT list of priorities this year; it will be the centerpiece of our lobbying effort in Albany.

July 7, 2016

Taking stock of a year of good work

Those who oppose public education and teacher unions had major setbacks this year. But the threats against us remain.

June 2, 2016

PROSE and teacher empowerment

PROSE exemplifies what the UFT has always sought for the teaching profession: collaboration, greater teacher voice in how teaching and learning is accomplished, opportunities for professional growth.

May 5, 2016

We need real measures of learning

What’s a better way to judge how much someone has learned — hours of marking bubbles on a standardized test, or a semester-long project like building a robot, mastering a piece of music or a deep dive into a moment in history?

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