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UFT Press Office

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


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.

Press releases | November 15, 2012

The UFT on Nov. 15 sued the New York City Department of Education over its failure to comply with Freedom of Information requests for copies of emails that link former Chancellor Joel Klein and senior DOE staffers with City Hall political figures and charter school proponents.

Press releases | November 5, 2012

Educators from across the five boroughs on Nov. 6 will help with cleanup and donate food, clothing and other supplies in Staten Island, Far Rockaway, and Coney Island.

Press releases | October 3, 2012

Just days after releasing the 2011-12 school Progress Reports, the Department of Education has targeted 36 elementary and middle schools for possible closure, almost twice as many as last year. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “Tweed’s measurement system depends almost completely on standardized tests, and its ‘engagement’ process does little or nothing to help struggling schools improve. Unfortunately, closing schools — rather than fixing them — remains the centerpiece of Mayor Bloomberg’s education strategy.”

Press releases | October 3, 2012

As a result of discussions and an agreement among the parties, the UFT has been assured that Klinsky and Victory is supportive of the rights of teachers to organize into a union and to bargain collectively in charter schools where Victory provides management and support services. The UFT has, therefore, withdrawn the resolution in opposition to Victory and New Mountain which was adopted by the NYSUT convention at the behest of the UFT, and has ended all similar or related actions.

Press releases | October 3, 2012

The New York State Public Employment Relations Board has appointed a three-member fact-finding panel that will take testimony, hold hearings and issue a report and recommendations in an effort to resolve the contract dispute between the New York City Department of Education and the UFT.

Press releases | September 28, 2012

More than 8 million broadcast and cable TV viewers in the New York area are expected to see a new television ad sponsored by the UFT that highlights the dedication of New York City public school educators.

Press releases | September 25, 2012

A teachers’ union survey of New York City public schools has shown that in mid-September nearly half of the city’s schools had overcrowded classes and the number of overcrowded special education classes in regular schools had more than doubled.

Press releases | September 24, 2012

On Sept. 21 the Department of Education released some misleading information about proposed buyouts for teachers in excess. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Despite the DOE’s mismanagement of the hiring process and the political needs of the mayor, we will continue to fight for the children in our schools, and the rights of the teachers in the ATR pool who are working hard in schools every day."

Press releases | August 17, 2012

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said that the DOE was not doing enough to support new teachers in response to the DOE's announcement that just 55 percent of eligible New York City public school teachers received tenure last year.

Press releases | June 29, 2012

The Department of Education has tried to “close” 24 schools and immediately re-open them under new names. An independent arbitrator has found that, for purposes of our contracts, the “new” schools that the DOE claims it is creating this way are in reality not new schools. As such, the DOE’s attempts to remove half the personnel in these schools are a violation of the school district’s contracts with the unions.

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