Press Releases

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All inquiries from press organizations should be directed to Richard Riley, 212-598-9220.


Press releases | April 10, 2014

In a speech at NYU on April 10, State Education Commissioner John King condemned the moratorium on the use of high-stakes testing for students and criticized the movement to extend the moratorium to teachers. He also announced three new initiatives regarding the Common Core. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew denounced King's flawed rollout of the Common Core and noted that the UFT has advocated for similar initiatives for several years.

Press releases | April 9, 2014

On April 9, the DOE announced that a new promotion policy that takes into account teachers' and principals' recommendations rather than students' test scores would take effect this school year. UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement agreeing with the new policy.

Press releases | March 12, 2014

More than 32,000 teachers walked away from jobs in NYC classrooms in the last 11 years, with a substantial number leaving for jobs in nearby suburban systems that have higher pay, lower class sizes and better teaching conditions.

Press releases | March 3, 2014

A survey of New York City public school teachers has revealed systemwide problems with a lack of supplies, Common Core curriculum materials and internet bandwidth, along with complaints that students are not getting enough tutoring and library time, or art and music instruction.

Press releases | February 27, 2014

On Feb. 27, the de Blasio administration announced plans to veto nine planned school co-locations for the 2014-15 school year after determining that they would be detrimental to the existing school communities. UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded the decision but said that local schools and communities deserved more of a real say on how their buildings are used.

Press releases | February 13, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to the DOE's decision to keep New York City public schools open despite heavy snow and sleet.

Press releases | February 10, 2014

A working group of state Regents on Feb. 10 recommended multiple changes in the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards statewide. Mulgrew said the recommendations did not solve the real problem with the Common Core rollout -- the lack of curriculum.

Press releases | February 7, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded Governor Cuomo's appointment of an 11-member group to recommend changes to the flawed rollout of the Common Core standards.

Press releases | February 4, 2014

In response to state lawmakers' calls for a moratorium on high stakes attached to Common Core state tests, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement condemning the state's poorly handled rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards and his support for a time-out.

Press releases | December 23, 2013

The United Federation of Teachers today filed a Freedom of Information Law request to ensure that the Department of Education preserves documents and emails vital to public understanding of how decisions were made during the Bloomberg era.

Press releases | December 23, 2013

The United Federation of Teachers submitted an amicus brief today supporting the authority of the New York State Comptroller to audit Success Academy and other charter schools and networks. UFT lawyers argue that “while charter schools may receive some funding from private entities, they are overwhelmingly funded by public tax dollars and they are subject to the disclosure requirements applicable to government agencies under the New York state Freedom of Information Law.”

Press releases | November 17, 2013

With a new administration coming to City Hall and the Department of Education, the UFT launched a television ad campaign on Nov. 18 urging all New Yorkers to work together to improve the city’s public schools.

Press releases | October 2, 2013

The United Federation of Teachers, in a proposed amendment to a City Council resolution, today called for charter schools seeking free space in New York City public school buildings to be required to make public financial data and political donations, along with student demographics, suspension rates, and teacher and student attrition.

Press releases | September 27, 2013

After Mayor Bloomberg announced a lawsuit against the UFT concerning the terms of an agreement to assign more arbitrators to hear cases against teachers, UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded by bringing attention to the Bloomberg administration's mismanagement.

Press releases | September 26, 2013

A United Federation of Teachers survey has shown that more than 230,000 students — the equivalent of almost a quarter of the entire school system — spent part or all of their first few weeks of school in overcrowded classes.

Press releases | September 19, 2013

Thousands of elementary and middle school classrooms began the second week of September without all the materials they need to teach the new Common Core curriculum, according to a survey of chapter leaders by the United Federation of Teachers.

Press releases | September 12, 2013

Preliminary returns from a recent UFT survey of school chapter leaders show that most schools are still missing all or part of the materials they need to teach the new common core curriculum.

Press releases | August 28, 2013

In response to the decline in the rate of teachers approved for tenure, UFT President Michael Mulgrew pointed to the large volume of teachers who voluntarily leave the Department of Education because of its continued mismanagement of New York City public schools.

Press releases | August 28, 2013

UFT President Michael Mulgrew praised Governor Cuomo's upcoming Community Schools Initiative, which will provide $500,000 in grants to a select group of schools.

Press releases | August 5, 2013

As the state prepares to release "significantly lower" test scores, Mulgrew asserts that the mayor's policies have left students "far behind where they should be."

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