Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


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.

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 | December 21, 2016

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, UFT President Michael Mulgrew, and CSA Executive Vice President Mark Cannizzaro announced an agreement on new teacher and principal evaluations starting in the 2016–17 school year. 

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.

Press releases | September 22, 2016

The UFT launched on Sept. 23 a new television ad campaign highlighting the passion and dedication of New York City public school teachers.

Press releases | September 7, 2016

The UFT began its Community Learning Schools Initiative in 2012 as a way to help schools overcome the academic, social and emotional barriers that poverty creates for too many New York City students. Four years later, UFT Community Learning Schools (CLS) are helping students succeed, with the schools in the CLS initiative the longest showing the most academic growth.

Press releases | August 12, 2016

Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, responded to a Daily News article criticizing the relatively low number of tenured teachers removed from the classroom.

Press releases | July 29, 2016

In response to improvement by New York City students on state ELA and math tests, UFT Michael Mulgrew said, "With a common sense approach to education, we are seeing results."

Press releases | July 21, 2016

UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent a letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña regarding the DOE's July 21 announcement that it would end suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade.

Press releases | July 15, 2016

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the DOE's report on staffing changes at out-of-time schools.

Press releases | April 14, 2016

After the California Court of Appeals reversed the lower court ruling in the anti-tenure lawsuit, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the reversal was "a clear demonstration of the weakness of the Vergara case." He observed, "The Vergara plaintiffs’ attack on teacher due-process protections was and is a partisan political crusade masquerading as a court case."

Press releases | March 29, 2016

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Press releases | January 25, 2016

The UFT is calling on the state Legislature to enact legislation that will require taxpayer-funded charters and charter chains to accept and keep comparable numbers of high-needs students as traditional public schools.

Press releases | January 14, 2016

The UFT launched a television ad campaign on Jan. 15 to urge New Yorkers to support the recommendations of Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force, which was charged with reforming the current Common Core system.

Press releases | January 6, 2016

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement on the 2016 legislative agenda released by New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Press releases | December 22, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that non-union city employees will be offered six weeks' paid parental leave beginning in 2016.

Press releases | December 10, 2015

Following President Obama's signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the release of Governor Cuomo's Common Core task force findings on Dec. 10, UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent an email to all DOE-employed members.

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