President's perspective

January 16, 2014

The time is now for pre-K

We have always believed in the importance of quality early childhood education for all our children, but achieving it has not been politically feasible in the past. With our new mayor making pre-K his signature education initiative, the stars are aligning to get it done.

December 19, 2013

An opportunity to reverse the damage

It will take years, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels. There are tremendous forces gathering to oppose us and our new mayor.

November 14, 2013

The end of an error

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.

October 17, 2013

Why we need a moratorium

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.

September 26, 2013

Eval system has problems and potential

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.

September 5, 2013

Challenges we’ll face in the school year ahead

After more than a decade of the Bloomberg administration and its anti-teacher policies, this is the last year that we will begin school under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In just four months, the Bloomberg years will be a part of the past. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have many challenges ahead of us in the year to come.

June 27, 2013

Bill Thompson: A great choice

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.

June 13, 2013

Mayor doesn’t get his way

The commissioner said the key to the new evaluation system is “support and professional development” for teachers. That’s what we have always wanted.

May 30, 2013

Mayor’s budget credibility problem

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.

May 16, 2013

Time for a truth commission

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.

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