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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.

Education nation | 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.

Union resolutions | October 19, 2016 >>

The UFT affirms and supports the NAACP’s position on the grounds that, until charter schools embrace the same challenges that public schools face, the NAACP is right to call for a moratorium on their expansion.

Press releases | October 15, 2016 >>

The UFT issued a statement in strong support of the NAACP's call for a moratorium of charter schools at its national convention on Oct. 15.

Editorial cartoons | October 6, 2016 >>
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

In the Sept. 13 Democratic primaries, public school advocates backed by the UFT and NYSUT helped defeat a half-dozen challengers who had the financial backing of a super PAC promoting privatization and other schemes that siphon funding from public schools and harm working families.

Editorials | October 6, 2016 >>

Success Academy is calling it “a moral imperative” to double student enrollment in charter schools, from 100,000 to 200,000 students.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Success Acadmy founder Eva Moskowitz demands more public school classroom space, yet a review of public records by the UFT indicates hundreds of seats at her schools remain empty every year as kids leave -- or are pushed out -- and are not replaced.

Op-Eds | September 27, 2016 >>

Charter schools claim to be public schools, but if the less successful students continue to vanish and charters refuse to fill the empty seats, they shouldn’t be rewarded with more space in already overcrowded public buildings, or larger rentals paid for by taxpayers in private space.

National education and labor news | September 8, 2016 >>

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing Mississippi over charter-school funding, describing it as an unconstitutional scheme that diverts public tax dollars from traditional public schools.

Editorials | September 8, 2016 >>

Public education is at the heart of the civil rights struggle in the United States. That’s why it’s heartening that two civil rights organizations acting independently of each other — the venerable NAACP and the newly minted Movement for Black Lives — have proposed a freeze on charter schools.

National education and labor news | July 7, 2016 >>
The I Can charter school network and teachers at three of its just-unionized schools reached agreement on June 6 on their first contract.
National education and labor news | July 7, 2016 >>

Education reformers spent big ahead of California’s June primary, and preliminary results show the millions paid off with all the candidates they supported advancing to November’s general election.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

City school officials have withdrawn a controversial proposal to co-locate a charter school at IS 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts in East Flatbush after the school community and neighborhood groups joined forces to organize a grassroots campaign to oppose it.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

An emotional battle rages over the proposed co-location of a charter school at IS 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

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