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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City school officials have withdrawn a controversial proposal to co-locate a charter school at IS 285 Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts in East Flatbush after the school community and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.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT filled in state lawmakers about the issues of most importance to New York City educators on Jan. 25, when the union hosted its annual legislative reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. 

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 state 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.

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