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Topics in the News:
News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>
Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to rule that charter schools are not public schools and therefore cannot receive state education funding.
Editorials | October 1, 2015 >>
A little-noticed clause that state legislators tucked into the omnibus bill that ended the legislative session in June could make the already glaring inequities between charter and traditional public schools even worse.
News | September 29, 2015 >>
A new provision in state law that allows charter schools to set aside up to 15 percent of their available seats for children of employees drew fire from UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who said such “nepotism” would result in charters serving even fewer of the city’s neediest children.
Despite claims of long waiting lists, charter schools poised to create major set-aside for children of their employees
Press releases | September 28, 2015 >>
Charters are poised to change the annual lottery process to set aside a significant number of seats for children of their employees, including employees of charter management organizations.
Editorials | September 10, 2015 >>
Success Academy routinely raises millions of dollars from ultra-wealthy contributors, on top of the public funds it also receives.
News stories | August 6, 2015 >>
Despite a $13 million advertising campaign, hedge-fund executives were unable to engineer the passage of an education tax credit for wealthy donors or an increase in the statewide charter cap in the state legislative session that wrapped up on June 25.
News stories | July 10, 2015 >>
Public education advocates on June 17 unfurled a 160-foot-long petition scroll with 30,000 names on the floor of the state Capitol calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to keep the current cap on charter schools in New York City. It was the culmination of the UFT’s Keep Public Education Public campaign to beat back a push by the governor and his allies in the state Senate to increase the number of charter schools in New York City and pass a private school tax credit that would provide a huge tax break to billionaires. On the evening of Monday, June 22, as the New York Teacher went to press, the charter cap and the tax credit were still in play as Cuomo and state lawmakers struggled to reach final agreement on all the outstanding issues before them, including rent regulations.
News stories | July 10, 2015 >>
Educators at the Amber Charter School in East Harlem ratified a new contract by unanimous vote on June 15.
Charter schools have far higher suspension rates than public schools and are exempt from the DOE discipline code.
Public schools are once again under threat from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Wall Street financiers, who are pushing state lawmakers to raise the number of charter schools in New York City and pass an education tax credit that will dramatically lower the taxes of big donors to private schools.
President's perspective | June 4, 2015 >>
Although the end is in sight, we still have much to do before the end of the school year and of the legislative session in Albany and the adoption of the final city budget for the next fiscal year.
Teachers and other staff at Academy of the City Charter School in Queens approved a new contract, which introduced class-size limits, improved the committee structure at the school, and provides educators with a 11 percent pay increase over three years.
President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on May 20 that the union is fighting hard to ensure that the mandated changes to teacher evaluation in New York City produce a system that is as fair, reasonable and simple to understand as possible under the circumstances.
News | May 26, 2015 >>
Since New York City charter schools have 2,500 empty seats right now, enough to fill four elementary schools, there is no need to raise the charter cap, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at a May 26 press conference.
Officials urge continuation of charter school cap, noting thousands of vacancies in current charter schools, tens of thousands more seats authorized for future
Press releases | May 26, 2015 >>
Claiming huge waitlists, charter organizations are urging an increase in the number of charter schools. But according to a pro-charter organization, city charter schools currently have 2,500 empty seats, and a review of SUNY authorizing documents shows that current schools are already authorized to enroll another 27,000 students in the coming years.
News stories | May 7, 2015 >>
All the improvement plans of three struggling schools in the Bronx in the city's Renewal Program have been thrown up into the air with the planned co-location in their building of a Success Academy.