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class size

News stories | March 7, 2019 >>

The UFT began an expedited process of contract arbitration to resolve oversize classes in five chronically overcrowded high schools as the class-size reduction provisions in the new DOE-UFT contract took effect.

Press releases | February 13, 2019 >>

The United Federation of Teachers began an expedited process of contract arbitration to force the city Department of Education to lower class sizes in five schools that have a history of forcing children to try to learn in overcrowded classrooms.

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

In the proposed contract announced on Oct. 11, the UFT has negotiated an expedited process to bring relief to teachers facing oversize classes sooner and to address unresolved violations that must go to arbitration faster.

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

The UFT reported a modest decrease in the total number of oversize classes in New York City public schools this fall for the second year in a row. By the tenth day of school, 401 schools citywide were out of compliance with 2,056 oversize classes, compared with 437 schools with 2,181 classes the previous year.

Chapter leader shoutout | November 1, 2018 >>

Jason Klein, the chapter leader at Medgar Evers Preparatory Academy, is now the seventh round of his annual fight to bring class size under control in his high-achieving, overcrowded Bronx school.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>

The UFT will continue to fight to get the Campaign for Fiscal Equity monies dispersed to NYC schools.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

The number of oversize classes in New York City public schools continued to trend downward this year, according to the UFT’s annual data. On the 10th day of school this year, there were 2, 181 oversize classes in 411 schools, compared to 2,525 classes in 465 schools on the 10th day last year.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT was able to gain a new process to help schools with chronically oversize classes find solutions.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

The number of oversize classes in elementary and middle schools is down for the second year in a row, but that welcome news is offset by a sharp rise in the city’s high school numbers.

Know your rights | September 8, 2016 >>

As we enter a new school year, teachers should be aware of the rights of their students to instructional materials and reasonable class sizes.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT filed a union-initiated grievance when members informed it that there was confusion regarding kindergarten class size and that the contractual class-size limit of 25 was not being adhered to in many schools.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19.

News | October 19, 2015 >>

City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19. “We are moving in the right direction but still have a long way to go,” he said.

Testimony | March 3, 2015 >>

The UFT submitted testimony to the City Council Committee on Education regarding overcrowding in NYC public schools and Res. No. 563.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Dec. 9 called for closing tax loopholes that benefit non-resident owners of luxury properties to raise revenue to bring class sizes in kindergarten through Grade 3 down to no more than 15 children.

Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

A proven strategy: Teachers and parents know it, and research has proved it: Significantly smaller class sizes, particularly in the early grades, can lead to strong gains in achievement. The benefit is greatest for poor and minority children. 

Press releases | December 9, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged New York City to embark next September on a long-term initiative that will lower class size in the public schools to no more than 15 students in kindergarten through third grade.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

Class size doesn’t matter. That’s a common theme among the so-called reformers who contend that an effective teacher can teach a class of any size, as if there is no difference in opportunities for teaching and learning in a class of 30 or 35 compared to one of 20 or 25.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT filed grievances on Sept. 18 and 19 on more than 3,500 classes citywide jam-packed with more students than allowed under the union contract. Although there were 210 fewer oversize classes this year than at the same time last year, the classes were dispersed over more schools than in the past.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how low teacher morale has fallen and how grueling teachers’ working conditions have become.

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