Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


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.

Press releases | January 29, 2015

The UFT released a district-by-district study of New York City charter schools that showed charters fall far short of enrolling and keeping the neediest and hardest-to-educate students in the city.

Press releases | January 21, 2015

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement denouncing the proposed education policy changes in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

Press releases | January 7, 2015

In response to an announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña on lifting the city's existing ban on cell phones and other electronic devices on school property, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement supporting the decision.

Press releases | December 18, 2014

In response to a letter the Cuomo administration directed at outgoing education commissioner John King and Board of Regents chair Merryl Tisch about introducing education "reforms" through the budget process, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement questioning the governor's motives.

Press releases | December 9, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged New York City to embark next September on a long-term initiative that will lower class size in the public schools to no more than 15 students in kindergarten through third grade.

Press releases | November 19, 2014

A new Quinnipiac poll released on Nov. 19 found that New York City voters are divided on the idea of more charter schools, but many believe those charters should pay rent for using public school buildings. UFT President Michael Mulgrew released a statement in response to the poll.

Press releases | October 28, 2014

Students in kindergarten through third grade at nine low-income New York City schools will receive more than 24,000 books they can take home, as part of a pilot literacy project launched Tuesday by the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Department of Education, First Book, The American Federation of Teachers and The New York Community Trust.

Press releases | October 28, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew reacted to Gov. Cuomo's statement that he intends to impose stricter standards for teacher evaluation.

Press releases | October 28, 2014

Citing a New York State Court of Appeals decision that found that tenure serves the public interest and protects teachers "from the abuses they might be subjected to if they could be dismissed at the whim of their supervisors," the United Federation of Teachers today moved to dismiss Davids vs. New York and Wright vs. New York, a set of lawsuits that seek to overturn teacher job protections and seniority.

Press releases | August 8, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement on efforts to raise the charter school cap in New York.

Press releases | August 7, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement on members of the Absent Teacher Reserve who chose to accept a severance package.

Press releases | August 6, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to news that California millionaire David Welch’s advocacy group, Student Matters, will fund and coordinate the lawsuit by the New York City Parents Union that seeks to invalidate due process and seniority rights for teachers.

Press releases | June 19, 2014

The United Federation of Teachers, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Lutheran Family Health Centers, SUNY College of Optometry and the non-profit OneSight today announced the start of construction for a school-based health and vision center at PS 188 in Coney Island.

Press releases | June 9, 2014

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, joined by State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Member Karim Camara and Assembly Member Ron Kim, today announced the introduction of bi-partisan legislation whose prime Senate sponsor is State Sen. Simcha Felder, that is designed to increase fairness in admission to New York City’s specialized high schools.

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