Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


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 7, 2013

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the results of the first set of state tests tied to the new Common Core standards.

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."

Press releases | June 6, 2013

A coalition of New York City municipal labor unions is launching a radio ad Thursday called “We Count.’ The week-long campaign on the city’s major radio stations urges Mayor Bloomberg – who has let contracts for more than 100 city unions expire -- to settle new, fair agreements with city workers.

Press releases | June 1, 2013

Under Commissioner King's plan, New York City teachers will now have additional protections and opportunities to play a larger role in the development of the measures used to rate them. 

Press releases | May 29, 2013

Formed as a public/private partnership, Teachers Who Code will use the Girls Who Code model to equip New York City public school teachers with the computer science skills to educate students for high tech jobs of today and tomorrow.

Press releases | May 15, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gave a speech today outlining his vision for the city’s public schools and slamming Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies. Among the goals cited by Thompson, a former head of the Board of Education, were expanding the city’s prekindergarten programs and the number of Community Learning Schools, an initiative that was launched by the UFT.

Press releases | May 11, 2013

Mulgrew urges next mayor to "drain the swamp" of DOE bureaucracy, reduce paperwork burden on teachers and administrators, find new ways to engage parents

Press releases | May 7, 2013

Monday, May 6, marked the first hearing in the fact-finding process for the UFT contract. The UFT will present the fact-finding panel with evidence that New York City public school teachers, in addition to having the largest class sizes and the neediest students, are on average the lowest paid in the region.

Press releases | May 2, 2013

Even though the contracts with the city’s 300,000 workers, including UFT-represented educators, have all expired, the executive budget that he proposed on May 2 contains no money for back pay. Calling the mayor’s forecasting assumptions into question, Mulgrew said, “Why would anyone believe these numbers? Every year starts with a huge projected deficit and ends with a huge surplus.” Bloomberg’s proposed $69.8 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 calls for education cuts despite an influx of new revenue.

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