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Topics in the News:
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.
News stories | February 2, 2017 >>
“Charter advocates spin the tale that you can shoehorn charter schools into public school buildings without any repercussions for the children and staff already in those buildings,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “It’s far from the truth.”
News stories | February 2, 2017 >>
The UFT has accused KIPP Academy charter school in the Bronx of violating federal labor law in a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
Press releases | January 19, 2017 >>
The United Federation of Teachers has accused the leadership of KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx of violating federal labor law by actively encouraging employees to decertify the UFT as their collective bargaining representative.
News briefs | November 3, 2016 >>
The national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has reaffirmed its membership’s call for a moratorium on new charter schools.
News stories | November 3, 2016 >>
New York City public school educators and the union have been going full bore in their efforts to get Hillary Clinton elected president, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at the start of the first Delegate Assembly of the school year in Shanker Hall on Oct. 19.
Public ed under attack | November 3, 2016 >>
Massachusetts has become a major battleground for corporate education reformers intent on expanding the charter sector this fall. Their goal: to lift the 120-school statewide cap on charter schools. Their vehicle: a binding referendum on the ballot on Nov. 8.