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Topics in the News:
News | January 15, 2015 >>
New York State United Teachers on Jan. 15 launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to move beyond politics and ensure the state adequately and equitably funds its public schools.
Press releases | December 18, 2014 >>
In response to a letter the Cuomo administration directed at outgoing education commissioner John King and Board of Regents chair Merryl Tisch about introducing education "reforms" through the budget process, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement questioning the governor's motives.
Press releases | December 9, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged New York City to embark next September on a long-term initiative that will lower class size in the public schools to no more than 15 students in kindergarten through third grade.
Press releases | October 28, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew reacted to Gov. Cuomo's statement that he intends to impose stricter standards for teacher evaluation.
News | July 1, 2014 >>
The Department of Education will hire 120 new arts teachers to work in under-served middle and high schools with the help of an additional $23 million earmarked for arts education funding in the 2014-2015 school year budget, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on July 1.
News stories | June 26, 2014 >>
The final city budget for the coming fiscal year will contain a 35 percent increase in Teacher’s Choice funding and a pilot program of universal free lunch in all middle schools, addressing two of the UFT’s lobbying priorities.
News stories | June 5, 2014 >>
Politicians, parents, students and advocates held a press conference outside City Hall on May 28 to encourage Mayor Bill de Blasio to include funding for universal free school lunch in the final city budget due by July 1.
NY Teacher Article | May 15, 2014 >>
With the proposed UFT contract settlement eliminating many uncertainties, Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 8 presented a balanced executive budget for next year that included significant new funding for arts education and after-school programs.
News stories | May 15, 2014 >>
State Sen. Jeffrey Klein kept a promise he made to UFT members on Lobby Day in March on UFT Lobby Day, announcing on May 8 that they would receive $1.5 million in state funding.
News stories | March 27, 2014 >>
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña used her March 20 budget testimony to map out her administration’s new priorities: middle school after-school programs, a thousand more pre-K teachers for September, more guidance counselors and speech teachers, art instruction and better professional development. “What a difference a year makes,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Testimony | March 24, 2014 >>
Vice President for Non-Department of Education Members Anne Goldman testified before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare and Committee on Women’s Issues regarding the Administration for Children's Services fiscal year 2014-15 budget.
Testimony | March 20, 2014 >>
The UFT submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the 2014-15 education expense budget.
Testimony | March 18, 2014 >>
UFT Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the 2014-15 education capital budget.
News stories | March 6, 2014 >>
Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled a clean break with the past in his first formal presentations as mayor — his State of the City address on Feb. 10 and a budget address on Feb. 12 — recognizing and praising the municipal workforce and pledging to work in partnership with the city’s public unions.
News | February 10, 2014 >>
Setting a markedly different tone from years past as he presented his vision for a more just city, Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked New York’s public employees for their hard work and contributions to the city in his first State of the City address on Feb. 10. UFT President Michael Mulgrew described de Blasio’s speech as “a breath of fresh air.”
UFT President Michael Mulgrew presented the union’s legislative priorities — including more direct school aid and a moratorium on high-stakes testing — to dozens of state legislators at an early-morning gathering in Albany on the day of the joint budget hearing on education.
New York State should put a moratorium on its use of Common Core test results until the state and city have made high-quality curricula available and teachers have been trained in how to use it, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified to state lawmakers on Jan. 28.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual budget address on Jan. 21 to announce the creation of a state commission to fix the problems with the statewide implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.
Testimony | January 28, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Joint Committees on Education and Finance about the governor's proposed executive budget.
News | January 21, 2014 >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo used his annual budget address on Jan. 21 to announce the creation of a state commission to fix the problems with the statewide implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.