Q & A on the issues

January 25, 2016

Special Education Frequently Asked Questions

The UFT, the DOE and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators crafted this FAQ to help with special education issues.

December 16, 2015

Common Core task force report

The Common Core task force was created by Governor Cuomo to review the Common Core standards and their implementation in New York State. It included representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups. On Dec. 10, 2015, the task force issued a report.

March 21, 2013

Q&A on SESIS work and payments

These questions and answers were created to address issues arising from this next chapter of the SESIS fight.

January 31, 2013

UFT's SESIS arbitration victory

The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. Read this Q&A to find out what that means for you.

January 11, 2010

What you need to know about the changes in pension benefits

All member pension benefits remain intact. The 55/25 and 55/27 early retirement benefits are preserved and there will be no changes in contributions for current in-service members of TRS and BERS.

December 17, 2009

Q&A on recent change in pension benefits law

On Dec. 10, 2009, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill that preserves the Age 55 retirement benefits for all UFT-represented members of TRS and BERS who join the system after the effective date of the law. The law also lowers the rate of the Fixed Return Program of the Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) from 8.25 percent to 7 percent for current and future participants of the TDA program as well as for retired members who have deferred TDA accounts.

May 7, 2009

What you should know about swine flu

Do you have questions about swine flu? If so, this Q&A should answer most of them.

December 5, 2008

What does “highly qualified” mean for special education teachers?

This Q&A, issued by the DOE, answers questions about the “highly qualified” designation for special education teachers.

What does “highly qualified” mean for general education teachers?

This Q&A, issued by the DOE, answers questions about the “highly qualified” designation for general education teachers.

September 25, 2008

Q&A on the grievance settlement for long-term substitute teachers filling vacancies

The following Q&A should answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the grievance settlement of the DOE's improper payment of long-term substitute teachers filling vacancies.

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