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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.

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.

Testimony | October 11, 2017 >>

The UFT testified before the SUNY Charter Schools Committee regarding proposed teacher certification compliance regulations.

Press releases | October 11, 2017 >>

The UFT testified before the SUNY Charter Schools Committee in response to the committee's approval of a proposal that would allow some charters to create their own, in-house teacher certification programs.

News briefs | October 5, 2017 >>

A New York-based pro-charter group was hit with a massive financial penalty for illegally hiding its donors’ identities.

Research shows | October 5, 2017 >>

A national analysis of school staff expenditures finds that charter schools spend less on average per pupil on instructional salaries compared to public schools, and for-profit charters spend less than nonprofits.

Op-Eds | September 12, 2017 >>

Charters claim that they serve the same children as city public schools, but the truth is that they enroll and keep half the percentage of English Language Learners, dramatically fewer special education students, including those needing the highest level of intervention, and far fewer children who are homeless or in temporary housing.

News briefs | September 7, 2017 >>

An annual education poll revealed nationwide public approval of charter schools has plummeted by 12 points.

Editorials | September 7, 2017 >>

The State University of New York proposal to allow charter schools it authorizes — including Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy schools — to devise their own teacher certification process would dramatically lower the entry bar for the profession. It also exposes a troubling double standard.

Op-Eds | August 15, 2017 >>

Why is the charter lobby pushing a watered-down “instant“ license that would be worthless at any traditional public school and would undermine years of efforts to ensure that teachers are trained and treated as professionals? Because charters don’t want to invest in their teachers.

News stories | August 3, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew blasted the state’s proposal to allow charter schools in effect to certify their own teachers with scant requirements or proof of professional expertise.

News stories | August 3, 2017 >>

The UFT is seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board against the Charter HS for Law and Social Justice in the Bronx after the school fired 11 of its 15 UFT-represented employees, including the entire UFT bargaining committee, in the middle of negotiations for a first contract.

Press releases | July 26, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent a letter to the Charter School Committee opposing its proposal to lower certification standards for charter school teachers.

News briefs | July 6, 2017 >>

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on June 15 a sweeping and controversial education bill that diverts public money to privately run charter schools.

News briefs | July 6, 2017 >>

A new report has found that students in charter schools run by for-profit companies perform markedly worse than their peers in nonprofit charters.

News briefs | June 1, 2017 >>

Charter school backers now claim a 4-3 majority on the Los Angeles school board, with sway over the nation’s second-largest school district.

Editorials | June 1, 2017 >>

House Speaker Paul Ryan — fresh from celebrating passage of a health care bill in the House that would leave 24 million people uninsured and give a generous tax cut to billionaires — headed to Success Academy I in Harlem on May 9 for a personal guided tour led by Eva Moskowitz.

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