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News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

UFT-represented educators at Merrick Academy Charter School on Feb. 24 approved a new contract with better health care and stronger due-process protections.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Last winter, educators at the Bronx Community Charter School organized a UFT chapter, citing the need for teacher voice. This February, they unanimously ratified their first contract, which features teacher-led committees.

Editorials | March 27, 2014 >>

Eva's double standard: Eva Moskowitz has a double standard. She claims her schools are public charters and so deserve rent-free public space. But she refuses to allow the state comptroller to audit her schools.

Hurt schools, help rich people: A proposal making its way through the state Legislature is a thinly veiled voucher program that would use taxpayer money to fund religious and other private schools.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

In a long-awaited decision, the de Blasio administration on Feb. 27 nixed nine of the 49 co-locations hurriedly approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg era.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio takes welcome steps to require greater scrutiny of co-location proposals, schools dealing with co-locations foisted on them during the Bloomberg years continue to pay a price. A case in point is Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts.

News | March 3, 2014 >>

After a week in which charter school operator Eva Moskowitz sought to pit charter schools against public schools, a coalition of district and charter school parents, elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 3 for a “unity rally” behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals for universal prekindergarten and afterschool programs.

National education and labor news | January 16, 2014 >>

After a near doubling of political donations from individuals affiliated with charter schools, the Texas state Legislature passed a law dramatically increasing the number of charter schools allowed in the state.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

The UFT filed an amicus brief on Dec. 23 in an ongoing lawsuit between the state comptroller and Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter Schools, arguing that the state comptroller should have the right to audit the Success Academy schools and any other New York City charter schools.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Teachers and staff at the first charter schools opened by New Visions for Public Schools are now under union contracts. Staff at the two high schools in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx joined the UFT two years ago.

Op-Eds | January 15, 2014 >>

For the past 12 years, the Bloomberg administration has singled out charter schools for special treatment, a strategy that embittered many ordinary New York City public school parents and children. Here are four steps charter schools should take now to end that divisive relationship.

Press releases | December 23, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers submitted an amicus brief today supporting the authority of the New York State Comptroller to audit Success Academy and other charter schools and networks. UFT lawyers argue that “while charter schools may receive some funding from private entities, they are overwhelmingly funded by public tax dollars and they are subject to the disclosure requirements applicable to government agencies under the New York state Freedom of Information Law.”

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

Unionized charter school educators came out to a recent board meeting of the New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and The Construction Industries in the Bronx to support the faculty who has been fighting for three years for a first contract.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

They say lightning never strikes twice, but it has at Andries Hudde MS in Flatbush which for the second time in less than six months has fended off a proposal to co-locate a charter school inside its building.

Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>

You would think that if Success Academy Charter Schools can pay Eva Moskowitz a salary of $475,244, they could also afford to pay rent for their space in public school buildings.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

Charter operator Eva Moskowitz closed her schools on Tuesday and ordered students, parents and staff to attend a City Hall demonstration that UFT President Michael Mulgrew called “a thinly disguised campaign rally.”

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

After being a revolving door for principals for years, IS 78 in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn has finally settled down under a new principal. Student scores have started to trend upward and safety is vastly improved. That’s why the news that the DOE wants to co-locate a K-4 Success Academy School at IS 78 has rocked the community.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

The stable community at IS 96 is facing an unprecedented threat from the city’s plan to co-locate a Success Academy charter school in its building next fall. Under the co-location, Success Academy would take 27 out of IS 96’s 62 classrooms – almost half the school.

National education and labor news | October 17, 2013 >>
News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called at an Oct. 2 City Council hearing for all charter schools seeking free space in public school buildings to be required to disclose their financial records, political contributions and other information.

Editorials | October 17, 2013 >>
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