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charter schools

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

An arbitrator has ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter school for failing to provide the school with rent-free classroom space, as required by state law. 

Editorials | April 7, 2016 >>

Charter advocates have made exorbitant claims for their own success, but sometimes the facts get in the way of a good story. The latest example concerns school safety.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

A new national study finds that black students and students with disabilities at charter schools were suspended at higher rates than their peers attending traditional public schools.

Op-Eds | March 18, 2016 >>

Charter school advocates love to cite numbers that they claim demonstrate the superiority of their schools over public schools. But a close look at the numbers themselves, whether about student scores or safety incidents, often reveals a much more nuanced — and sometimes completely different — picture.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers in Albany to deliver the long-delayed $2 billion owed to New York City public schools as a result of the 2006 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT filled in state lawmakers about the issues of most importance to New York City educators on Jan. 25, when the union hosted its annual legislative reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. 

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

The UFT is calling on the state Legislature to enact “anti-creaming” laws requiring taxpayer-funded charter schools and networks to accept and keep high-needs students in numbers comparable to those in public schools.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter school chain is under fire from all sides for its harsh discipline policies and treatment of students with special needs.
The network, the city’s largest operator of charter schools, now faces an investigation by the institute that licenses charter schools in the state as well as a federal lawsuit filed by parents and a formal complaint lodged by parents with the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Press releases | January 25, 2016 >>

The UFT is calling on the Legislature to enact legislation that will require taxpayer-funded charters and charter chains to accept and keep comparable numbers of high-needs students as traditional public schools.

Editorials | January 7, 2016 >>

Eva Moskowitz has had an epiphany: A longer school day is not necessarily a bonus for teaching and learning.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Teachers and professional staff at University Prep Charter HS in the South Bronx on Nov. 20 approved a new two-year contract by unanimous vote. 

Op-Eds | December 9, 2015 >>

No area of human effort is free from bad ideas and mistaken theories, but the quest to "reform" public education is particularly awash in misguided convictions. Concepts like "merit pay," the scapegoating of teachers, and the alleged superiority of charter schools manage to stay alive as policy options despite clear proof that they don't work.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The planned co-location of a Success Academy Charter School in a Far Rockaway school building that already houses two middle schools and an alternative learning center has roused community opposition.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT Delegate Assembly put an exclamation point on its November meeting by ending it with a resounding rejection of the education practices of Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academy Charter Schools.
To raucous applause, the delegate body unanimously approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on the opening of new Success Academy Charter Schools pending a full investigation of the disciplinary policies and high rate of suspensions at current Success schools.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a charter network that has been interfering with teachers’ efforts to form a union with United Teachers Los Angeles, the city’s AFT affiliate.

Union resolutions | November 12, 2015 >>

The UFT joins state elected officials and education and civil rights advocates in calling on the state Legislature to conduct an investigation into disciplinary conditions and the high rate of suspensions at Success Academy and calls for a moratorium on new Success Academy Charter Schools.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

Ohio lawmakers on Oct. 7 overwhelmingly passed a charter school reform law that will overhaul the state’s embattled charter sector.

Press releases | October 22, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Families for Excellent Schools rally in support of charter schools.

Editorial cartoons | October 1, 2015 >>
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.

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