Press Releases

UFT Press Office

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


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.

Press releases | May 7, 2012

The UFT and the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators on May 7 filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to prevent the “sham” closing and restaffing of 24 schools that would be reopened almost immediately in the same buildings and with the same students. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and injunction that would be in effect until the issue can be resolved through arbitration.

Press releases | May 3, 2012

On May 3, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his executive budget, which calls for an increase in the number of teachers for the first time since 2008. The proposed budget would keep the number of general education teachers flat, by replacing all teachers who leave the system, while increasing the ranks of special education teachers. The mayor also said he hoped the UFT would engage in "serious discussions" on teacher evaluations, leaving out the fact that it was his administration that walked away from negotiations last December.

Press releases | May 1, 2012

In the wake of a resolution passed this weekend by the Representative Assembly of NYSUT, the UFT will recommend that the city’s Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) suspend any new investments with New Mountain Capital and union-busting Wall Street financier Steven Klinsky, whose Victory Inc. operates charters schools in New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Press releases | April 30, 2012

The New York City Charter School Center released on April 30 its much-anticipated report on the state of charter schools in the city. The report looks at test scores, demographics, attrition, enrollment and many other topics, and confirms the union's long-standing criticism that charter schools serve fewer English language learners and students with disabilities than their district counterparts.

Press releases | April 17, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced on April 17 that the city will open 54 new schools in September, bringing the number of new schools opened under the Bloomberg administration to 589.

Press releases | April 3, 2012

The UFT on April 3 filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to force the Department of Education to hand over copies of official emails, including exchanges about school closings and charter schools, that the union has been requesting since May 2010. The union cited a statement by Mayor Bloomberg that “to say that the parents shouldn’t get what information is available is just an outrage,” in arguing that the city’s nearly two-year delay in providing the emails represents a “constructive denial” of the requests under the state’s Freedom of Information law.

Press releases | April 2, 2012

The Department of Education announced on April 2 that it would not proceed with plans to shutter seven of the 33 schools that the mayor first targeted for closure in January after the DOE failed to reach an agreement with the UFT on a new teacher evaluation system for those schools. Those seven schools received an A or a B on their most recent School Progress Reports. Under the mayor’s proposed “turnaround” plan, the 33 schools were to close and reopen this summer, retaining their students but replacing up to half of the current staff. The city’s Panel for Educational Policy will determine the fates of the remaining 26 schools at its April 26 meeting.

Press releases | March 20, 2012

The state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has decided to grant the UFT’s request for the appointment of a mediator to help break the impasse between the union and the Department of Education over teacher evaluations in 33 schools.

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