Op-eds & Letters to the Editor

This section archives columns, opinion pieces, and letters written by UFT members and officers and published in various newspapers and websites.

Op-Eds | May 18, 2015

It’s time to ring down the curtain on a long-running farce: New York’s current statewide standardized tests. These exams — administered last month — give parents misleading information, encourage schools to focus on test-prep rather than real learning and are all but useless to teachers, the people who need them the most.

Op-Eds | March 18, 2015

The keys to better schools are active and involved parents, well-trained and supported teachers, and focusing social and medical services in school buildings as in our community schools program.

Letters to the editor | March 5, 2015

I just want to say that occupational and physical therapists are the backbone of any special needs program!

Letters to the editor | March 5, 2015

There is no merit in merit pay. Therefore, I agree with AFT President Randi Weingarten, who said, “No longer should ‘accountability’ be focused on teachers alone.

Letters to the editor | March 5, 2015

Regarding the story “Learning on the menu” [Feb. 5], I hold the position of master teacher.

Letters to the editor | March 5, 2015

Kids without reading disorders will learn to read with any systematic, comprehensive program, as long as they are in a supportive environment at school and at home.

Letters to the editor | March 5, 2015

Michael Mulgrew is right on target [“Cuomo’s out of touch,” Feb. 5]. It is poverty and inequality that prevent children from learning effectively.

Op-Eds | May 27, 2014

A bad idea about teaching children doesn’t become a good idea just because someone calls it a reform. That’s why I am proud of the fight the UFT has put up to protect our schools and our children from the wrong-headed and often destructive strategies embraced by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his allies.

Op-Eds | May 9, 2014

The tentative agreement between the city and the United Federation of Teachers is a good deal for the students, schools and communities we serve, in addition to the teachers themselves.

Op-Eds | May 3, 2014

The United Federation of Teachers and the de Blasio administration agreed Thursday on a teachers contract that fosters an environment that will move the profession forward. Instead of the “Hunger Games” atmosphere encouraged by the previous administration, we have a contract devoted to the spirit of collaboration between educators — and between labor and management.

Letters to the editor | February 6, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent this letter to the New York Times concerning the issue of retroactive pay for teachers.

Op-Eds | January 15, 2014

For the past 12 years, the Bloomberg administration has singled out charter schools for special treatment, a strategy that embittered many ordinary New York City public school parents and children. Here are four steps charter schools should take now to end that divisive relationship.

Letters to the editor | January 8, 2014

This letter was sent to the Z100 radio station after the writer heard an anti-teachers' union commercial on Jan. 8 sponsored by the anti-labor Union Facts.

Letters to the editor | December 16, 2013

Letter to the Queens Gazette from UFT member Ron Isaac.

Op-Eds | November 18, 2013

As Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, it's become apparent that the city has consistently had more money available than the Mayor has maintained. Rather than be fair to city employees, the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly chosen to spend public resources on tax breaks for developers or for consultant contracts on failed or overpriced projects.

Letters to the editor | November 6, 2013

Letter to the Staten Island Advance from UFT member Susan Adams Westerleigh.

Op-Eds | September 19, 2013

Ask what makes a great teacher, and you will get a long list of “must-haves”: intelligence, dedication, knowledge of the subject matter, a keen sense of humor. But anyone who has spent any time in the classroom knows that those ingredients mean very little without the essential spark — a desire to make a difference in children’s lives.

Op-Eds | September 4, 2013

The recent dramatic drop in student scores after the state introduced new tests based on the rigorous Common Core learning standards is a clear demonstration that — after a decade of Mayor Bloomberg's obsession with data, test prep and proclamations of his strategy’s success — our school system needs a new direction.

Op-Eds | August 8, 2013

While lower test scores largely result from more difficult tests, they fly in the face of Mayor Bloomberg’s constant assertions that everything in our schools was getting better, thanks to his leadership.

Op-Eds | June 24, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg claims that times are so tough, there isn’t enough money in the city budget to give city workers, including teachers, the retroactive pay raise they are owed. The truth is that — thanks in part to a strong local economy — the city has generated huge budget surpluses every year.

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