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Topics in the News:
National education and labor news | February 7, 2019 >>
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will face a new level of oversight this year with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives from Republicans who were friendlier to her privatization agenda.
Editorial cartoons | January 3, 2019 >>
National education and labor news | September 6, 2018 >>
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Aug. 10 that the U.S. Department of Education will eliminate an Obama-era rule protecting students from for-profit post-secondary schools that load their students with debt without equipping them with the skills to find jobs where they can earn enough to pay it off.
News stories | September 6, 2018 >>
Teachers and other government workers in New York and neighboring states were deluged with deceptive emails about opting out of their unions immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling.
Press releases | August 23, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to a report that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators.
National education and labor news | 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>
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded the Obama administration’s 2011 directive that required colleges to aggressively investigate all sexual assault cases or risk losing federal funding.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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.