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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.

Editorials | February 14, 2013 >>

In yet another instance of his disregard for New York City’s schools and students, Mayor Bloomberg is still refusing to intervene in the yellow school bus strike, which began on Jan. 16. 

Around the UFT | February 14, 2013 >>

Nearly 400 educators from UFT-represented charter schools across the city turned out for a Jan. 25 Meet the President event with UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the union’s headquarters. Mulgrew welcomed the educators, telling them that “this is your union hall.”

National education and labor news | January 31, 2013 >>

Washington, D.C.’s charter schools expel students at a far higher rate than do its traditional public schools. According to school data, D.C. charter schools expelled 676 students in the past three years, while the city’s community schools expelled just 24.

Feature stories | January 17, 2013 >>

The UFT Charter School is at a crossroads: If its charter is not renewed, it will be forced to close at the end of the school year in June. The union opened the school in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to reporters in late December to let them see for themselves the progress that it has made since SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute placed it on probation in 2010.

Around the UFT | January 17, 2013 >>

The UFT and its national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, are sponsoring professional development workshops designed specifically for charter school educators. The workshops take place approximately once a month, covering topics such as differentiating instruction and creating a positive classroom culture.

News stories | December 20, 2012 >>

Chanting “Eva, Eva Moskowitz, it’s time for you to call it quits,” educators rallied on Dec. 10 outside the Washington Irving Campus against the proposed co-location of a Moskowitz-run Success Academy charter school inside the Union Square-area building prior to a school-based hearing on the proposal.

National education and labor news | November 1, 2012 >>

Getting a green card for residency in the United States is difficult — unless you’re: 1. rich; and 2. an investor. Among charter schools’ latest financial angels are deep-pocketed types from as far away as China, Nigeria, Russia and Australia.

News stories | November 1, 2012 >>

“Hey, Eva, we’re no fools! We won’t let you ruin our schools!” chanted more than 70 teachers from the six schools on the Washington Irving Campus, near Manhattan’s Union Square, as they rallied on the campus steps on Oct. 18 against the possible co-location of a new Success Academy charter school inside their building.

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