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UFT blog | October 8, 2014 >>
The link between poverty and academic achievement, particularly in terms of test scores, has long been established. But what has gotten less attention is the very strong variation in test score achievement among students at different levels of poverty. Students whose families are so poor that they qualify for free lunch score significantly lower than students from low-income families who qualify for reduced-price lunch.
News | October 2, 2014 >>
Rumor has it that when Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz recently toured the Bensonhurst school building where her new school had just put down stakes, she looked out the window and complained that a giant tree in the park across the street was blocking the view from her fourth-floor classrooms. Twenty-four hours later, the tree was gone. Educators at IS 96, the Seth Low Intermediate School in Brooklyn, are wondering if she has the power to end the life of an old tree what else she is capable of.
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 | October 1, 2014 >>
Educators at four Harlem district schools say that an Eva Moskowitz Success Academy Charter School has made insulting and insensitive demands for space and facilities since moving into their school building this September.
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.
News stories | June 26, 2014 >>
The New Orleans Recovery School District has with the end of this school year shuttered its last five remaining traditional public schools, creating the country’s first all-charter school district.
Editorials | June 26, 2014 >>
Over the last 15 years, as the number of charter schools around the country has multiplied, the movement has increasingly become dominated by charter school networks such as Success Academy and Uncommon Schools as opposed to independent or community-based charter schools.
Research shows | June 26, 2014 >>
Four philanthropic foundations worked in concert to orchstrate the large growth in charter school networks, a new study has found.
Editorials | June 5, 2014 >>
New Orleans' Recovery School District has just closed its last five public schools, making it the nation's first all-charter district. The city shows that unfettered growth of charter schools can lead to unequal acess and a loss of public oversight.
Feature stories | June 5, 2014 >>
PS 30 in East Harlem does not have the shiny frills of Success Academy, which is co-located in its building, but it has strengthened its community with the help of the UFT community learning schools grant, new partners and programs like reading nights.
UFT blog | April 24, 2014 >>
At the Huffington Post, blogger Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg has a message for public school teachers: We apologize.
News | April 17, 2014 >>
Scores of parents and teachers from Harlem’s long-embattled P811 and PS/MS 149 together with elected officials and community allies rallied outside Department of Education headquarters on April 8 to protest a renewed effort to co-locate a second Success Academy charter school inside their shared school building.
Eva Moskowitz has some very deep pockets, thanks to her powerful friends on Wall Street. And the Success Academy Charter Schools honcho has become adept at using her multimillion-dollar war chest to buy influence and drive policy in New York State.
News | March 27, 2014 >>
More than 150 parents, educators and community members from PS 149 and P811 gathered on March 10 for a rally backing Mayor de Blasio’s move to halt the expansion of the charter school inside their shared central Harlem school building.
UFT-represented educators at Merrick Academy Charter School on Feb. 24 approved a new contract with better health care and stronger due-process protections.
Last winter, educators at the Bronx Community Charter School organized a UFT chapter, citing the need for teacher voice. This February, they unanimously ratified their first contract, which features teacher-led committees.
Editorials | March 27, 2014 >>
Eva's double standard: Eva Moskowitz has a double standard. She claims her schools are public charters and so deserve rent-free public space. But she refuses to allow the state comptroller to audit her schools. Hurt schools, help rich people: A proposal making its way through the state Legislature is a thinly veiled voucher program that would use taxpayer money to fund religious and other private schools.
News stories | March 6, 2014 >>
In a long-awaited decision, the de Blasio administration on Feb. 27 nixed nine of the 49 co-locations hurriedly approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg era.
News stories | March 6, 2014 >>
Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio takes welcome steps to require greater scrutiny of co-location proposals, schools dealing with co-locations foisted on them during the Bloomberg years continue to pay a price. A case in point is Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.