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Topics in the News:
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.
News stories | January 16, 2014 >>
Leaders from all of the city’s major labor unions — representing 1.3 million workers — on Jan. 6 voiced their strong support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-K for the city’s four-year-olds.
News stories | January 16, 2014 >>
Saying the state is looking at a budget surplus for the first time since 2007, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled tax breaks for businesses and property owners and called for statewide universal pre-K in his State of the State address in Albany on Jan. 8.
Union resolutions | January 15, 2014 >>
The United Federation of Teachers will work to win state approval for a city tax increase to expand prekindergarten to tens of thousands more children in the city.
Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 >>
The UFT will work with the AFT and the PFT to fight school closures in Philadelphia and call for a restoration of education cuts.
Op-Eds | November 18, 2013 >>
As Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, it's become apparent that the city has consistently had more money available than the Mayor has maintained. Rather than be fair to city employees, the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly chosen to spend public resources on tax breaks for developers or for consultant contracts on failed or overpriced projects.