President's perspective

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?

April 7, 2016

High stakes in presidential race

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

March 3, 2016

No time for complacency

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.

February 4, 2016

There’s more to get done in Albany

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.

January 7, 2016

Turning the tide against overtesting

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.

December 3, 2015

The truth about Friedrichs

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.

November 5, 2015

Getting standards right

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.

September 10, 2015

A year to celebrate

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.

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