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charter schools

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.

Press releases | May 19, 2017 >>

A federal court has rejected KIPP Academy Charter School’s efforts to block arbitration of claims by KIPP’s unionized staff that school management was violating the terms of the contract that covers KIPP employees.

Editorials | May 4, 2017 >>

It took a little longer, but our hard work yielded results: The new state budget increases education aid by $1.1 billion, which includes $700 million in additional foundation aid for school districts. Prekindergarten, community schools and after-school programs all get a boost in support.

News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

Public education in New York will get an additional $1.1 billion in the new state budget, while two UFT-supported provisions from the previous budget remain intact, making it possible for public schools to retain much-needed funds.

Op-Eds | April 26, 2017 >>

Children who miss 20 or more days of school in New York City have lost so much instruction time that they are classified as chronically absent, which studies have linked to lower test scores and higher dropout rates. So it is hard to see the educational purpose behind Success Academy's suspending a special-needs 7-year-old for 45 days, even if some form of alternative instruction was provided.

Press releases | April 6, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to news that state lawmakers had still not come to agreement on a final budget deal.

News briefs | April 6, 2017 >>

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, has signed a law authorizing the creation of unregulated charter schools that will receive public funding at the expense of public schools. The fact that the state would draw on public school funds to pay for the new charters came as a surprise to Democratic lawmakers when the state’s Legislature passed the bill earlier in March.

Feature stories | April 6, 2017 >>

The disparity betwee the student population of public schools and the students in charters has propelled the UFT to fight for charter equity legislation in Albany that requires taxpayer-funded charters to accept and keep comparable numbers of high-needs students as district public schools.

Op-Eds | March 23, 2017 >>

Even as they are pleading poverty to the Legislature in Albany, charter schools across New York State are sitting on nearly half a billion dollars in cash and unrestricted assets.

Op-Eds | March 13, 2017 >>

New York cannot afford for its charters to remain a parallel system that takes public tax dollars yet remains resistant to public disclosure or accountability that would force them to serve all kids.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

In roughly 200 New York City school buildings, public schools have been forced to share quarters with charter schools. That arrangement has given many public school educators a front-row seat to witness the glaring inequities

President's perspective | March 2, 2017 >>

When President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a meeting at the White House with the “education community” on Feb. 14, it showed the deep disconnect between his administration and the reality of education in the United States.

Op-Eds | February 13, 2017 >>

If charter schools are really public schools, why is so much of the information about their operations private — even secret? New York needs to do more now — especially with President Trump’s pick of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education — to make sure that charters operate for the benefit of the public, not charter operators and their management organizations.

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