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News stories | April 2, 2015 >>
The state Legislature signed off on a final state budget on March 31 that will deliver an extra $465 million to New York City schools next year, a 6 percent increase that is the largest in eight years.
Charter schools do not educate their fair share of high-needs students and that must change before Gov. Cuomo pushes through any increase in the number of charters operating in the city, UFT President Michael Mulgrew told a crowded press conference on Jan. 29.
The UFT announced on Feb. 27 that it will close its K–8 charter school in East New York, Brooklyn, at the end of the school year. At the same time, the union has asked the State University of New York to renew the charter for grades 9–12.
Although charter schools are required to serve high-needs students at the same rate as most district schools, the truth is they don’t. A hard look at the data shows they aren’t even close.
Editorials | March 5, 2015 >>
"Eva vs. public schools" Eva Moskowitz says her charter schools are public schools and so deserve public funding and public-school space. But she is closing her 32 schools on March 4 to bus students, staff and parents to Albany. Public schools would never close schools to use children as political pawns.
Editorials | February 5, 2015 >>
Gov. Cuomo is so enthusiastic about charter schools that he wants to greatly expand their number even though he acknowledges that they are not accepting the same number of high-needs students as public schools.
Press releases | January 29, 2015 >>
The UFT released a district-by-district study of New York City charter schools that showed charters fall far short of enrolling and keeping the neediest and hardest-to-educate students in the city.
News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Dec. 3 charging that the state’s charter school laws have led to de facto resegregation of Delaware’s public schools that violates the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
News stories | January 8, 2015 >>
Every Assembly Member from New York City received a visit in December from a delegation of UFT members, parents and community leaders as the union kicked off a new Fairness and Equity Campaign. The union’s message: we need public schools that serve all children.
Seeing is believing | December 4, 2014 >>
Charter schools educate fewer high-needs students, yet those that are housed in public school buildings get more capita government school aid. Plus, many charters benefit from hefty amounts of private money.
Press releases | November 19, 2014 >>
A new Quinnipiac poll released on Nov. 19 found that New York City voters are divided on the idea of more charter schools, but many believe those charters should pay rent for using public school buildings. UFT President Michael Mulgrew released a statement in response to the poll.
Even as Seth Low Intermediate School rebuilds under the leadership of a new principal, the co-location of Eva Moskowitz's expanding Success Academy charter in its building has frustrated educators.
Educators at four Harlem district schools say that a Success Academy Charter School has made insulting and insensitive demands for space and facilities since moving into their school building this September.
News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School has released a report that concludes that Chicago’s massive experiment with charter schools has been a failure.
UFT members at Opportunity Charter School in Central Harlem have ratified a four-year contract that significantly lowers employee health plan costs, increases wages and introduces a salary schedule that pays educators based on education and years of experience.
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.
UFT blog | October 2, 2014 >>
The authors of a new book criticize the hostile approach of some charter advocates and called for charter leaders to stop “union busting” in their schools and instead move to forge collaboration between charters and regular public schools. They explain that charters enroll a small minority of students, and their quality is uneven—some are great, some are poor, most are somewhere in between.
News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>
The scandal-plagued United Neighborhood Organization will cease to operate its 16 Chicago charter schools at the end of the 2014–15 school year.
Press releases | August 8, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement on efforts to raise the charter school cap in New York.