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Topics in the News:
Editorials | September 6, 2018 >>
Puerto Rico’s governor is using the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria as justification to push school privatization. Eleven months after the hurricane, the first charter school opened on the island this August.
News stories | July 5, 2018 >>
The UFT and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers, won their battle to maintain rigorous certification standards for teachers when a New York State Supreme Court justice on June 19 struck down less stringent regulations established last October by the State University of New York. The union victory was a setback for the charter school lobby, which had pushed for the new rules.
Editorials | July 5, 2018 >>
Success Academy was awash in celebration in June when it graduated its first high school seniors. Founder Eva Moskowitz reportedly shed tears of joy. She had so much to be proud of! Twelve years after opening its first school, the city’s largest charter network was sending all of its first high school graduating class to college. All 16 of them.
Press releases | June 19, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to a judge's ruling striking down a regulation that would have allowed charter schools to certify their own teachers.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
The UFT has successfully negotiated a new four-year contract with four New Visions charter schools, winning a pay increase totaling 8 percent, a shorter work day and a shorter school year.
What difference does the UFT make? Members who taught elsewhere share their stories.
I have been a New York City public school teacher for 15 years, but early in my career I taught for two years at a charter school in Manhattan.
In 2012, when I accepted a position at a charter school, I signed a whole bunch of things, including a piece of paper that said, “In our school, everyone is an administrator and everyone is a custodian.” I thought it was a euphemism for “We all help each other out,” but it turned out that they took it quite literally.
We weren’t given the time or support to attend to all the responsibilities of teaching like grading, bulletin boards and reaching out to parents. We had preps, but those were used for data meetings and things like that.
National education and labor news | March 1, 2018 >>
The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Jan. 29 that its members had voted to merge with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.
National education and labor news | March 1, 2018 >>
The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools announced Feb. 5 that it will cease operations after its founder and CEO, Jeremiah Kittredge, was terminated for “inappropriate behavior.”
Editorials | March 1, 2018 >>
The organization known as Families for Excellent Schools shut down suddenly in February, shortly after its founder and CEO was removed for “inappropriate behavior.”
News stories | March 1, 2018 >>
A federal appeals court on Jan. 30 rejected an attempt by the KIPP charter network to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the UFT.
NAACP seeks to join unions’ lawsuit against SUNY charter certification regulations as NYSED files its own
Press releases | February 9, 2018 >>
The New York state NAACP sought to join a lawsuit filed by city and state teachers unions to prevent the Charter Schools Committee of the State University of New York from implementing its less rigorous certification standards for some of the state’s charter schools.
Press releases | January 30, 2018 >>
Finding arguments put forth by KIPP Academy to be “without merit,” the United States Court of Appeals today rejected an attempt by KIPP to use the federal court to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the United Federation of Teachers.
Editorials | January 4, 2018 >>
“The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir,” released in December, has been extensively reviewed. Whether they favored her Success Academy methods or not, most critics made mention of Moskowitz’s self-righteousness and long memory for long-ago battles. As one reviewer noted, do we want someone with such venom in charge of students? Good question.
News stories | January 4, 2018 >>
UFT members, parents and community advocates at PS 335 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn have won a major victory: Not only did they defeat a Department of Education proposal to co-locate a charter elementary school inside their building, but they also successfully advocated for the opening of a new public middle school in the space instead.
News stories | November 2, 2017 >>
The UFT and NYSUT filed a lawsuit on Oct. 12 to prevent the weakening of teacher certification standards after the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee voted the previous day to allow some charter schools to create their own in-house teacher certification programs with watered-down standards.
Research shows | November 2, 2017 >>
Disputing a common mantra of charter advocates that unions have an adverse effect on student learning, a new study has found that student achievement in fact rises when charter schools unionize.
Teachers union sues to prevent weakening of teacher certification standards for charter school instructors
Press releases | October 12, 2017 >>
UFT representatives filed suit in Manhattan State Supreme Court today to prevent the Charter Schools Committee of the State University of New York from creating a new and less rigorous set of certification standards for some of the state’s charter schools.