Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


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 The UFT has, therefore, withdrawn the resolution in opposition to Victory and New Mountain which was adopted by the NYSUT convention at the behest of the UFT, and has ended all similar or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.

Press releases | June 27, 2012

The Partnership for New York City, the city’s preeminent business group, on June 27 joined the UFT and the New York City Council in awarding a total of $600,000 in grants designed to help six public schools create strategies that will tie specific health and social services directly to the schools’ students and their families.

Press releases | June 21, 2012

The New York State Senate and Assembly on June 21 passed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill limiting the release of teacher evaluations to public school parents. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said this bill will help "to prevent the kind of vilification of teachers that resulted from Mayor Bloomberg’s insistence on releasing the misleading and inaccurate Teacher Data Reports."

Press releases | June 11, 2012

The city’s high school graduation rate slipped a fraction of a point last year, the State Education Department reported on June 11, marking the first time in 10 years that it has not gone up. “This report is not good news for Mayor Bloomberg,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, noting that the state’s new indicator of graduates’ “college readiness” also slid, to just 20.7 percent from an already low 21.4 percent the previous year

Press releases | May 29, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott are pushing for new state legislation that would give school districts the authority to fire employees accused of sexual misconduct regardless of the findings of independent arbitrators. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Sexual misconduct involving children is a serious issue. Giving the chancellor the power to ignore the evidence and an arbitrator’s decision is not an answer to it."

Press releases | May 24, 2012

Teachers and staff at the Academy of the City Charter School in Long Island City have announced they will seek to be represented by the United Federation of Teachers.

Press releases | May 23, 2012

The Delegate Assembly of the UFT on May 23 recommended the endorsement of the following candidates for Congress. The recommendations now go to the union’s state affiliate, the New York State United Teachers, which makes the official union endorsements for congressional races.

Press releases | May 17, 2012

In a speech to the Association for a Better New York on May 17, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said that, absent a new teacher evaluation system, the city would move to fire all teachers who receive U ratings two years in a row. He also proposed offering buyouts to teachers who have been in the ATR pool for over a year.

Press releases | May 15, 2012

The state Public Employment Relations Board on May 15 rejected an appeal by the city’s Department of Education of PERB’s earlier decision to appoint a mediator to help resolve the issue of teacher evaluations in 33 schools. In the ruling, PERB said that the attempts by the Department of Education to change the improvement model it planned to use for the schools “does not nullify its obligations” to negotiate with the teachers’ union.

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