President's perspective

May 2, 2013

Common Core is a wake-up call

This op-ed by President Mulgrew, which ran recently in the Daily News, helps to inform the public about the changes the next mayor needs to make to DOE policies.

April 11, 2013

A great state budget
Our political work and lobbying in Albany have paid off: Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature reached a budget agreement on April 2 that is the best we have had for our schools in a decade.

March 21, 2013

Mayoral control needs checks and balances

The column is an abridged version of a letter UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent to members on March 14 announcing the UFT’s recommendations for school governance reform. The union is proposing a wide range of changes to restore balance to the city’s system of school governance, including dramatic changes to the composition of the Panel for Educational Policy that will eliminate the mayor’s majority.

February 28, 2013

The complex job of teaching

Our union and our profession have been under attack in the last several years. We’re told we don’t work hard enough, that our results with our students are not great enough, that our profession and our schools need to be “reformed” for the sake of our children. But those who attack us do not understand teaching, and they do not understand just how hard our jobs are.

February 14, 2013

Students, schools counting on us

As the race for mayor quickly approaches, we are looking toward a brighter future than what we have had for the past few years.

January 31, 2013

The high price of Bloombergland

During our negotiations with the Department of Education over a new teacher development and evaluation system, we fought hard for a system that would treat teachers like the professionals we are and would help us improve our skills throughout our careers. That is, after all, what the state law requires.

January 17, 2013

Mayor’s ‘NRA’ comparison shameful

Mayor Bloomberg nearly lost it on his weekly radio show on Jan. 4, with his infamous and absurd comparison between the UFT and the National Rifle Association. I wear the mayor's attacks as a badge of honor. But the comparison to the NRA — just weeks after a national school-shooting tragedy — marked a new low for the mayor.

December 20, 2012

Mayor, chancellor need to get serious

As we mourn the recent tragedy in Newtown, we must nevertheless move ahead with our work here in New York. Mayor Bloomberg is playing politics with our schools and the future of our students — and he must stop. With $250 million in state aid for schools hanging in the balance, it is disgraceful that he is playing these games.

December 6, 2012

A setup for failure

Unfortunately, the Department of Education under Mayor Bloomberg continues to fail us, this time by failing to provide the tools and instructional supports that we need to teach to the new Common Core Learning Standards.

November 22, 2012

You carried the day

As we continue to face the tremendous hardship and difficulties that Hurricane Sandy has caused for so many of us and so many of the communities that we serve, we must remember that it is our support for each other and our school communities and our passion for the work that we do that carries us through these difficult times.

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