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Press releases | April 1, 2013

The final state budget, which was reached on March 28, adds nearly $1 billion for schools and increases the minimum wage to $9 an hour over three years. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "I want to thank the governor and the legislature for doing the right thing for our students by increasing education funding across the state by nearly $1 billion."

Press releases | March 15, 2013

On March 15, during his regular weekly appearance on WOR Radio, Mayor Bloomberg responded harshly to UFT President Michael Mulgrew's proposal to limit mayoral control of New York City schools. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The mayor would love to make this an issue with the UFT, but in fact it is parents who in every opinion poll say they are tired of ten years of Bloomberg mismanagement of the schools."

Press releases | March 14, 2013

UFT President Michael Mulgrew today proposed sweeping changes to limit mayoral control of New York City schools and to restore a system of checks and balances to public education. The changes would have to be approved by the state Legislature.

Press releases | February 28, 2013

The Department of Education on Feb. 28 announced it had chosen new curricula for grades K-8 based on the national Common Core Learning Standards. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The DOE’s announcement is a welcome acknowledgment that teachers need curriculum that will help their students meet the demands of tests based on the new Common Core standards."

Press releases | February 22, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo cannot penalize city schools by withholding $260 million in state aid over the DOE's failure to get to a teacher evaluation agreement with the union, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice ruled on Feb. 21. UFT spokesman Dick Riley said, "If the mayor hadn't blown up the negotiations, there would be a new teacher evaluation system, not a lawsuit."

Press releases | February 21, 2013

A new teacher evaluation system for city schools could be implemented as early as June 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Feb. 20. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "We’ve seen the kinds of plans the state has approved. We are comfortable with them because they are about helping teachers help kids, which is something that we don’t often hear from the city."

Press releases | January 30, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Jan. 30 that if the city won’t get to a teacher evaluation agreement with the UFT by a set date, he will direct the State Education Department to set up a binding arbitration process that will get the two sides to an agreement. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "I welcome Governor Cuomo’s involvement, and while we would prefer a negotiated settlement, it’s good to know that should the talks fail again, people who actually understand education will be part of the decision-making process."

Press releases | January 22, 2013

In response to the mayor’s most recent attempt to point the finger at the union for the breakdown of evaluation talks, UFT President Michael Mulgrew observed, “Most people would be embarrassed that the state’s highest education official has directly contradicted their statements about a new teacher evaluation system, but not the mayor.”

Press releases | January 18, 2013

In a remarkable coincidence — one not seen since the UFT hosted the Occupy Wall Street protestors — inspectors from city agencies including the Health Department showed up at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway on the morning of Jan. 18, the day after the mayor torpedoed a deal between the UFT and DOE over a new teacher evaluation system.

Press releases | January 15, 2013

On Jan. 15 the UFT was informed by the mediator appointed by the state’s Public Employment Relations Board that the city and the Department of Education have refused to take part in mediation designed to help us reach an agreement on a new model for teacher evaluations.

Press releases | January 15, 2013

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, frustrated by the pace of talks with the New York City Department of Education to create a new teacher evaluation system, has requested that the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) designate a mediator to help both sides meet the state’s Jan. 17 deadline for an agreement.

Press releases | January 10, 2013

In his State of the State speech on Jan. 9, Gov. Cuomo announced an ambitious education agenda for 2013 that includes full-day pre-kindergarten in the poorest areas, community schools such as those being piloted by the UFT this year, and a “bar-like exam” to qualify future teachers that was first proposed by the AFT. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Gov. Cuomo has shown educational leadership, and we feel many of his initiatives will have a real impact on students' lives."

Press releases | January 4, 2013

On his Jan. 4 weekly radio show, shortly after the launch of the UFT’s new TV ad campaign urging him to come to an agreement on teacher evaluations, Mayor Bloomberg compared the union to the National Rifle Association, claiming both organizations are out of touch with their rank and file. “The NRA’s another place where the membership, if you do the polling, doesn't agree with the leadership,” he told the radio program host, John Gambling.

Press releases | January 4, 2013

The UFT on Jan. 4 launched a television ad campaign urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to put politics aside and reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system. The 30-second spot, titled “Moving Forward,” criticizes the mayor’s education record on topics ranging from misleading statistics and the failing schools opened by the mayor, to hiring Cathie Black as chancellor.

Press releases | January 2, 2013

Governor Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission on Jan. 2 released its preliminary recommendations for improving the state’s public schools. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "We’re glad to see the governor’s panel making common-sense, research-based recommendations about improving our schools, particularly the community school model where students and parents have easy access to health, tutoring, counseling and social services."

Press releases | December 14, 2012

A preliminary report released by the Department of Education on Dec. 14 shows that average class sizes increased this school year. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Every parent and every teacher knows how critical it is that classes are small enough that each child can get individual attention. But Mayor Bloomberg disagrees, and since 2007 New York City class sizes keep getting bigger and bigger."

Press releases | December 14, 2012

In response to the news of a horrific school shooting in Newtown, CT, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said: "Our hearts and prayers go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School community and especially to the families who suffered catastrophic loss in this morning’s horrific school massacre. We are left speechless by the inhumanity of this appalling incident. Just as our fellow teachers from Connecticut were there for us doing relief work in Coney Island in the aftermath of the hurricane, we will be there for them in the days of mourning ahead."

Press releases | December 13, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Teachers Retirement System has pledged $1 billion to new investments in infrastructure projects, including improvements to transportation, power, water, communications, and housing in New York City and throughout the tri-state area.

Press releases | December 6, 2012

Although new state tests will be rolled out this spring based on demanding Common Core national standards, almost 8 out of 10 New York City teachers surveyed said the city’s Department of Education has yet to address the new learning benchmarks, including failing to provide any curriculum or other instructional materials keyed to the new standards.

Press releases | December 5, 2012

At an event at the Manhattan Institute on Dec. 5, Chancellor Dennis Walcott spoke about the ongoing negotiations between the DOE and the UFT over a new system for teacher evaluations. In his speech Walcott called for an agreement by Dec. 21 and invoked the threat of school budget cuts if no agreement is reached.

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