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Topics in the News:
Seeing is believing | December 4, 2014 >>
Charter schools educate fewer high-needs students, yet those that are housed in public school buildings get more capita government school aid. Plus, many charters benefit from hefty amounts of private money.
Press releases | November 19, 2014 >>
A new Quinnipiac poll released on Nov. 19 found that New York City voters are divided on the idea of more charter schools, but many believe those charters should pay rent for using public school buildings. UFT President Michael Mulgrew released a statement in response to the poll.
Even as Seth Low Intermediate School rebuilds under the leadership of a new principal, the co-location of Eva Moskowitz's expanding Success Academy charter in its building has frustrated educators.
Educators at four Harlem district schools say that a Success Academy Charter School has made insulting and insensitive demands for space and facilities since moving into their school building this September.
News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School has released a report that concludes that Chicago’s massive experiment with charter schools has been a failure.
UFT members at Opportunity Charter School in Central Harlem have ratified a four-year contract that significantly lowers employee health plan costs, increases wages and introduces a salary schedule that pays educators based on education and years of experience.
Press releases | October 28, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew reacted to Gov. Cuomo's statement that he intends to impose stricter standards for teacher evaluation.
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 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.
News stories | March 27, 2014 >>
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.