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Topics in the News:
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.
National education and labor news | 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.
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.
Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.
Here’s a Q&A to give you the information you’ll need to know when Trump makes his move.
Op-Eds | February 13, 2017 >>
If charter schools are really public schools, why is so much of the information about their operations private — even secret? New York needs to do more now — especially with President Trump’s pick of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education — to make sure that charters operate for the benefit of the public, not charter operators and their management organizations.
Press releases | February 7, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary.
Now 85 percent of the state’s charters are run by for-profit companies, and there is still no constraint on who gets to sell education in Detroit. It’s a Wild West of unfettered choices that don’t educate kids.
More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned.
Editorials | February 2, 2017 >>
The six million students with disabilities in public schools around the country will suffer the most if Betsy DeVos expands for-profit charters and private-school vouchers nationwide.
Wytrice Harris, a parent of two Detroit Public School students, saw firsthand the havoc that Bety DeVos' "school choice" agenda wreaked on schools.
President's perspective | February 2, 2017 >>
With public schools under unprecedented attack, it has never been more important for educators and parents to tell their stories.
Editorial cartoons | February 2, 2017 >>
In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools.
Thousands of UFT members participated in the Women's Marches in NYC and Washington, D.C., the birth of a large protest movement.
News | February 1, 2017 >>
Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — announced today that they would not support DeVos' nomination when it comes to a full vote before the Senate. Just one more Republican senator is needed to halt DeVos' confirmation.
Union resolutions | January 18, 2017 >>
The UFT will work with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and other allies to press the U.S. Senate to reject the appointment of Betsy DeVos to the post of U.S. education secretary.