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Press releases | October 2, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers, in a proposed amendment to a City Council resolution, today called for charter schools seeking free space in New York City public school buildings to be required to make public financial data and political donations, along with student demographics, suspension rates, and teacher and student attrition.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

The Success Academy network’s chief, Eva Moskowitz, expanded into the Washington Irving HS building near Union Square over the vocal and organized protests of UFT members at the building’s six co-located district schools.

News stories | September 5, 2013 >>

The union movement at New York City charter schools gained momentum with the signing of three new contracts at the end of the school year. During the last 10 days of June, educators at a French-immersion charter school in Harlem and an elementary school in Queens both entered into their first contracts while a unionized charter school in the Bronx ratified its latest contract.

News | August 8, 2013 >>

Chanting “Fight, fight, fight, education is a right!,” community residents and teachers and parents from District 75 school P 811M, housed in Harlem’s PS 149, held a press conference on July 10 to denounce the expansion of Eva Moskowitz’s Harlem Success Academy inside their shared school building.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

Teachers and parents at the Andries Hudde Middle School in Flatbush won a rare victory in late May when the Department of Education was forced to drop its plan to co-locate a charter school inside their building.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

The UFT and the board of trustees at the Opportunity Charter School in Harlem have agreed to a first-ever contract at the school. Educators on May 17 exercised their union voting rights for the first time and ratified their two-year contract by a nearly unanimous vote.

Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>

Harlem Success Academy chief Eva Moskowitz’s planned expansion of her charter network into a Fort Greene school is raising alarm among parents and staff, who say the co-location threatens the music and arts program at the heart of the 6-12 grade school.

National education and labor news | May 30, 2013 >>

A new report says the State of Louisiana has failed to adequately monitor its publicly funded charter schools to confirm that the schools’ reported numbers of graduates, dropouts and student attendance are true.

National education and labor news | May 30, 2013 >>

Private foundations are giving an increasing amount of money to education. But they are directing it to a shrinking number of groups, and the losers are public schools and public universities.

Editorials | May 16, 2013 >>

Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy network prepared for its expansion into a Cobble Hill school this year by going out with the old and in with the new. Old asbestos floor tiles were taken out. New paint, new doors, newly outfitted bathrooms, new carpeting and new furniture were brought in.

Editorials | May 16, 2013 >>

Teachers at two Brooklyn charter schools, in Lefferts Garden and East New York, have recently decided to join the UFT, which means the union will now represent hundreds of teachers and staff at 22 charter schools. 

National education and labor news | May 16, 2013 >>

More than 400 teachers and staff at 13 charter schools run by a Chicago nonprofit voted May 1 to accept the Chicago Alliance of Charter School Teachers and Staff, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, as their bargaining agent.

News stories | May 16, 2013 >>

Educators at the Amber Charter School in East Harlem have a new contract that includes salary increases and an increase in the employer’s contribution to the teachers’ retirement plan.

National education and labor news | May 16, 2013 >>
Following a federal investigation, Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia pleaded guilty to preventing low-scoring sophomores from taking the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test by encouraging some to drop out of school before the big test and keeping others from reaching 10th grade by holding them back in the 9th grade.
News stories | May 16, 2013 >>

A group of parents at schools co-located with charters are calling on the state to temporarily halt any construction work by Success Academy Charter School in public school buildings.

News stories | May 2, 2013 >>

The educators at Bronx Community Charter School in the west Bronx have become the latest group to join the UFT, citing the need for a collective voice at their school.

News stories | March 21, 2013 >>

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York voted unanimously on Feb. 26 to renew the UFT Charter School’s charter for another two years, noting the progress at both the elementary and high school levels.

Feature stories | March 21, 2013 >>

Future Leaders Institute, a once-struggling school, has turned around under the leadership of a new principal who made it his mission to create an atmosphere where teachers could thrive.

National education and labor news | February 28, 2013 >>

A charter school’s academic performance during its first year is a strong predictor of whether it will succeed or struggle in later years, finds one of two new studies from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

News stories | February 28, 2013 >>

In his final State of the City speech on Feb. 14, Mayor Bloomberg sought to lower expectations for this year’s test results, saying the new tests in grades 3-8, based on Common Core standards, will be “different and harder” and will demand more writing, critical thinking and science skills.

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