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UFT Press Office
All inquiries from press organizations should be directed to Richard Riley, 212-598-9220.
Teachers union sues to prevent weakening of teacher certification standards for charter school instructors
Press releases | October 12, 2017
UFT representatives filed suit in Manhattan State Supreme Court today to prevent the Charter Schools Committee of the State University of New York from creating a new and less rigorous set of certification standards for some of the state’s charter schools.
Press releases | October 11, 2017
The UFT testified before the SUNY Charter Schools Committee in response to the committee's approval of a proposal that would allow some charters to create their own, in-house teacher certification programs.
Press releases | October 10, 2017
With the new school year underway, the UFT launched on Oct. 10 a television ad campaign celebrating teachers and the accomplishments of the New York City public school system.
Press releases | August 21, 2017
The recent Department of Education announcement about assigning teachers from the ATR pool to schools on a more permanent basis has awakened the usual opposition from the "school reform" crowd. Here is a Q&A designed to provide accurate information to those who have questions about the issue.
Press releases | August 11, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb's criticism of New York State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Press releases | August 1, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to a profile of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in New York magazine.
Press releases | July 26, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent a letter to the Charter School Committee opposing its proposal to lower certification standards for charter school teachers.
Press releases | July 26, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to several newspaper editorials attacking members of the Absent Teacher Reserve.
Press releases | June 29, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the news that lawmakers in Albany had reached a deal on the renewal of mayoral control.
Press releases | June 19, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement regarding mayoral control of city public schools, which will expire at the end of the legislative session unless legislators can come to an agreement on its extension.
Press releases | May 19, 2017
A federal court has rejected KIPP Academy Charter School’s efforts to block arbitration of claims by KIPP’s unionized staff that school management was violating the terms of the contract that covers KIPP employees.
Press releases | May 15, 2017
The United Federation of Teachers took part in a rally on City Hall steps Monday, May 15, 2017, in support of universal free lunch for all New York City students.
Press releases | April 6, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to news that state lawmakers had still not come to agreement on a final budget deal.
Press releases | February 8, 2017
The Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers today voted to endorse Mayor Bill de Blasio in his re-election race this fall.
Press releases | February 7, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary.
Press releases | January 19, 2017
The United Federation of Teachers has accused the leadership of KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx of violating federal labor law by actively encouraging employees to decertify the UFT as their collective bargaining representative.
Potential Trump voucher scheme could cost New York City schools half a billion dollars a year in federal support for poor students
Press releases | January 9, 2017
More than 700,000 students in more than 1,200 New York City schools — including large high schools in all five boroughs — would face higher class sizes, have fewer teachers and lose after-school academic and enrichment programs if President-elect Trump makes good on a campaign promise to pull billions of federal dollars away from public schools to pay for private vouchers, a UFT analysis has found.
Press releases | January 3, 2017
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in support of Gov. Cuomo's tuition scholarship proposal, which would offer free tuition at state colleges to middle- and low-income New Yorkers.
Press releases | October 31, 2016
UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to a DOE report showing that student suspensions have declined in the past five years.
Press releases | October 15, 2016
The UFT issued a statement in strong support of the NAACP's call for a moratorium of charter schools at its national convention on Oct. 15.