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Topics in the News:
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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.
National education and labor news | 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.
Despite claims of long waiting lists, charter schools poised to create major set-aside for children of their employees
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.
News stories | July 10, 2015 >>
Educators at the Amber Charter School in East Harlem ratified a new contract by unanimous vote on June 15.
Charter schools have far higher suspension rates than public schools and are exempt from the DOE discipline code.
Public schools are once again under threat from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Wall Street financiers, who are pushing state lawmakers to raise the number of charter schools in New York City and pass an education tax credit that will dramatically lower the taxes of big donors to private schools.
President's perspective | June 4, 2015 >>
Although the end is in sight, we still have much to do before the end of the school year and of the legislative session in Albany and the adoption of the final city budget for the next fiscal year.
Teachers and other staff at Academy of the City Charter School in Queens approved a new contract, which introduced class-size limits, improved the committee structure at the school, and provides educators with a 11 percent pay increase over three years.
President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on May 20 that the union is fighting hard to ensure that the mandated changes to teacher evaluation in New York City produce a system that is as fair, reasonable and simple to understand as possible under the circumstances.