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Topics in the News:
News briefs | April 5, 2018 >>
Unionized workers at the U.S. Department of Education filed a complaint on March 13 accusing the department of attempting to bust their union.</p>
News briefs | March 1, 2018 >>
AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.
Feature stories | March 1, 2018 >>
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Betsy DeVos’ appointment on Feb. 7, UFT members across New York City celebrated their public schools during National Public School week Feb. 5-9. Many used the hashtag #PublicSchoolProud on social media to show off pictures of their celebrations.
News briefs | November 2, 2017 >>
Attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in October against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her department’s decision to block Obama-era protections for students attending for-profit colleges.
News briefs | October 5, 2017 >>
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama administration’s 2011 directive that required colleges to aggressively investigate all sexual assault cases or risk losing federal funding.
Press releases | August 1, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to a profile of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in New York magazine.
News stories | July 6, 2017 >>
Republicans joined Democrats in a tough grilling of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the devastating impact of President Trump’s proposal to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget in a Senate hearing on June 6.
President's perspective | July 6, 2017 >>
Who would have thought in November that we would be where we are now? We celebrate the conclusion of a successful school year for public school educators, but it didn’t look so great just seven months ago.
Research shows | June 1, 2017 >>
Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher program perform worse on standardized math and reading tests when compared with their public school peers, a new rigorous study from the U.S. Education Department has found.
News briefs | June 1, 2017 >>
The Trump administration’s proposed education budget strips $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives and channels part of those savings into so-called “school choice” programs, including $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools.
News briefs | May 4, 2017 >>
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has withdrawn a series of Obama-era policies designed to strengthen protections for student loan borrowers.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said it’s time to once again ramp up the union’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign to combat the bad news and actions that continue to come from Washington, D.C.
President's perspective | May 4, 2017 >>
The visit by Betsy DeVos and Randi Weingarten to public schools in rural Ohio showcased what public education is — and what we are fighting to protect.
President's perspective | April 6, 2017 >>
In the president’s budget blueprint, we see this is a zero-sum game with clear winners and losers. The score can be tallied in dollars awarded and dollars taken away.
News briefs | April 6, 2017 >>
Congressional Republicans voted in early March to repeal crucial regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act in favor of leaving education policy largely in the hands of state governments.
Editorials | April 6, 2017 >>
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is making it safe for the vultures that run for-profit career training schools to prey on students again.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
President Donald Trump on March 16 took the first step to make good on his campaign promise to shift federal tax dollars from traditional public schools to a “choice” program that promotes charters, private and religious schools.
Op-Eds | March 22, 2017 >>
Across the nation, after-school programs are making a difference; here’s why. Before Trump administration bureaucrats start making value judgments about education programs, they should at least have the courtesy to learn more about them.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.