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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.

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.

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.

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