President's perspective

President's perspective | October 6, 2016 >>

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.

President's perspective | September 8, 2016 >>

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

President's perspective | July 7, 2016 >>

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

President's perspective | June 2, 2016 >>

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.

President's perspective | May 5, 2016 >>

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?

President's perspective | April 7, 2016 >>

When New Yorkers vote in the presidential primary on April 19, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

President's perspective | March 3, 2016 >>

It’s not clear how Friedrichs and the other cases that were on the court docket at the time of Scalia’s death will be decided. But one thing is certain: The anti-worker forces arrayed against us aren’t going away.

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

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