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Testimony | March 20, 2017 >>

UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the FY2018 education expense plan.

Testimony | March 8, 2017 >>

The UFT testified before the New York City Council Committees on Finance and Education regarding the FY2018 education capital plan.

Op-Eds | March 7, 2017 >>

Any fourth-grade student understands the basic fairness principle: You don’t take more from people who have less. Yet that fourth grader’s teacher can pay a higher tax rate on her salary than a Wall Street billionaire pays on his million-dollar hedge fund deals. How is that fair?

Testimony | February 14, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Finance, Ways & Means and Education Committees regarding the proposed executive budget for elementary and secondary education

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1 billion increase in state aid to public schools while proposing a change to the formula used to distribute education aid statewide. The governor also said he wants to keep the millionaire’s tax.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed funding more than 38,000 new public school seats in his preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year.

News | June 21, 2016 >>

A 27.5 percent increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice, the UFT’s top budget priority, was secured for the 2016–17 fiscal year after an intense lobbying campaign by members on social media and by union leaders at Council meetings and hearings.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Testifying on the proposed city budget on May 24, UFT President Michael Mulgrew had a simple request: Help us “make this a better city for our children.” He appealed for additional funding for three programs and initiatives he said could accomplish that: Teacher’s Choice, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools.

Testimony | May 24, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the FY 2017 city executive budget.

Testimony | March 16, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committees on Finance and Education regarding the FY 2017 city education expense budget.

Testimony | March 15, 2016 >>

UFT Vice President for Non-DOE Members Anne Goldman testified before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare regarding the proposed FY 2016-17 early childhood budget.

Testimony | March 8, 2016 >>

UFT Secretary Emil Pietromonaco testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the preliminary FY 2017 education capital budget.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Throwing down the gauntlet before the governor’s budget address, parents and other education advocates on Jan. 10 called on the state to pay the billions of dollars it owes New York City public schools.

Testimony | January 27, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee regarding the elementary and secondary education budget proposal.

Press releases | June 23, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered a response to the news of a budget deal in Albany.

News | June 12, 2015 >>

The UFT is focusing its efforts on winning the restoration of Teacher’s Choice funding as final negotiations on next year’s city budget get underway.

Testimony | June 9, 2015 >>

UFT Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell testified before the New York City Council Committee on Finance regarding the fiscal year 2016 budet.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

City schools are set to get an additional 4 percent, or $845.7 million all told, under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2015-16 spending plan. Now the stage is set for a fight to restore Teacher’s Choice in the final spending plan, which must be approved by the mayor and the City Council by July 1.

Feature stories | June 4, 2015 >>

With Teacher’s Choice, I purchased Didax algebra tiles to use as manipulatives during my 7th-grade expressions-and-equations unit. The tiles are squares and rectangles of different colors and sizes. The way I used them was to represent variables, which kids typically have a hard time with, because it’s a representation of something that changes.

Feature stories | June 4, 2015 >>

When I first came to my school, I felt the same way a lot of people do — that students should bring their own supplies. But when you work in an impoverished area, you find that more and more children come to school with nothing — not even a pencil to write with. A lot of these parents are on a month-to-month income, trying to pay the bills; they can’t afford to do school-supply shopping.

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