Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


Press releases | October 26, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to state Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch's decision not to seek another term.

Press releases | October 23, 2015

UFT issued a statement in response to procedural ruling in anti-tenure lawsuit.

Press releases | October 22, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Families for Excellent Schools rally in support of charter schools.

Press releases | October 19, 2015

New York City’s public schools had 5,485 overcrowded classes this year, compared to 6,447 last year, a drop of 962 from 2014 and the first time the number of oversize classes fell below 6,000 at the start of school since 2009.

Press releases | September 28, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement concerning the governor's Common Core task force. "We appreciate that the Governor has put together a task force to deal with the debacle that was the rollout of the Common Core standards," Mulgrew said.

Press releases | September 28, 2015

Charters are poised to change the annual lottery process to set aside a significant number of seats for children of their employees, including employees of charter management organizations.

Press releases | September 24, 2015

With the new school year underway, the UFT on Sept. 24 launched a television ad campaign celebrating the diversity and success of the New York City public school system.

Press releases | September 17, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called changes to teacher evaluation approved by the Board of Regents on Sept. 16 "important steps in the right direction."

Press releases | September 3, 2015

With the start of the school year, the UFT is launching a radio ad campaign on Sept. 7 that features UFT President Michael Mulgrew calling on all New Yorkers to ”join us and celebrate the talent, dedication and hard work of students and teachers as we move our public schools forward.”

Press releases | September 3, 2015

Saying that “the current Common Core program in New York is not working,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 3 convened a “representative group” from a pre-existing education commission to conduct a “comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Learning standards. UFT President Michael Mugrew said the union will be happy to work with the new group to help fix the problems.

Press releases | August 4, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the DOE's announcement of a new Regulatory Task Force on Academic Policy.

Press releases | July 16, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered a response as the state officially launched its receivership program by announcing a statewide list of 144 struggling schools.

Press releases | June 23, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered a response to the news of a budget deal in Albany.

Press releases | May 26, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered a response to the selection of MaryEllen Elia as the state's new education commissioner.

Press releases | May 26, 2015

Claiming huge waitlists, charter organizations are urging an increase in the number of charter schools. But according to a pro-charter organization, city charter schools currently have 2,500 empty seats, and a review of SUNY authorizing documents shows that current schools are already authorized to enroll another 27,000 students in the coming years.

Press releases | May 18, 2015

In response to the New York State Education Department's recommendations on the teacher evaluation system, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Our schools need less reliance on testing, not more."

Press releases | April 21, 2015

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo continuing to push his test-obsessed education plan, the UFT launched an ad campaign on April 21 to remind New Yorkers of how out of step Cuomo is on the education issues they care about.

Press releases | March 29, 2015

"The hedge-fund billionaires and Governor Cuomo haven't gotten their way," said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in response to the announcement of a new state budget late on March 29.

Press releases | February 27, 2015

The United Federation of Teachers has asked the State University of New York to renew the charter for grades 9 to 12 of the UFT charter school in East New York, Brooklyn. At the same time it told SUNY authorizers that grades K–8 would be closed at the end of this school year.

Press releases | February 2, 2015

The UFT on Feb. 3 released a television ad accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of putting his political career ahead of children’s education by blaming teachers and ignoring the real needs of the city’s public schools – smaller classes, afterschool programs and fairer funding.

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