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Topics in the News:
Common Core Learning Standards
News stories | March 6, 2014 >>
Amid a statewide furor over the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, the State Assembly on Feb. 28 introduced a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to the New York state tests for teachers and students.
Press releases | February 10, 2014 >>
A working group of state Regents on Feb. 10 recommended multiple changes in the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards statewide. Mulgrew said the recommendations did not solve the real problem with the Common Core rollout -- the lack of curriculum.
Press releases | February 7, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded Governor Cuomo's appointment of an 11-member group to recommend changes to the flawed rollout of the Common Core standards.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew presented the union’s legislative priorities — including more direct school aid and a moratorium on high-stakes testing — to dozens of state legislators at an early-morning gathering in Albany on the day of the joint budget hearing on education.
New York State should put a moratorium on its use of Common Core test results until the state and city have made high-quality curricula available and teachers have been trained in how to use it, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified to state lawmakers on Jan. 28.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual budget address on Jan. 21 to announce the creation of a state commission to fix the problems with the statewide implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.
Press releases | February 4, 2014 >>
In response to state lawmakers' calls for a moratorium on high stakes attached to Common Core state tests, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement condemning the state's poorly handled rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards and his support for a time-out.
News | December 19, 2013 >>
The state hearings on the Common Core standards came to Manhattan on Dec. 12, drawing 200 parents, teachers and a handful of students to Spruce Street School to express their impassioned opinions on the topic to State Education Commissioner John King and members of the Board of Regents.
News stories | December 19, 2013 >>
At the UFT’s invitation, a group of city teachers has been gathering this fall to develop recommendations for better curriculum implementation in the new year.
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>
Common Core curricula that schools across the city have adopted this year at the behest of the Department of Education are not ready for prime time, according to exasperated teachers who have been trying to implement the new programs.
Editorial cartoons | November 14, 2013 >>
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>
The new graduate-equivalency test, which will be introduced on Jan. 1, will be a more difficult path toward the high school equivalency diploma, and some parts of it will be offered online only. But the test isn’t ready, and teachers have not received test preparation booklets.
Around the UFT | November 14, 2013 >>
The UFT and the Albert Shanker Institute hosted career and technical education experts from around the country at a two-day conference at UFT headquarters on Oct. 10-11.
Testimony | October 29, 2013 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education about the rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards.
News stories | October 17, 2013 >>
The UFT Delegate Assembly on Oct. 9 overwhelmingly approved a pair of resolutions calling for an end to New York City’s overemphasis on testing and a moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to the state’s new Common Core tests.
Union resolutions | October 9, 2013 >>
The UFT calls for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to state tests until representatives of all interested parties — including parents and educators — have worked with members of Congress, the state Legislature, the state Commissioner of Education, the Board of Regents and the New York City Panel for Educational Policy to carefully examine how well the new curricula, professional development and tests align to the Common Core standards.
News stories | September 26, 2013 >>
Thousands of teachers began the school year without promised Common Core-aligned textbooks, anchor texts, trade texts, teacher guides or manipulative materials, forcing them to improvise last-minute lessons and units.
Press releases | September 19, 2013 >>
Thousands of elementary and middle school classrooms began the second week of September without all the materials they need to teach the new Common Core curriculum, according to a survey of chapter leaders by the United Federation of Teachers.
Preliminary UFT survey finds school year starts without required math or reading curriculum materials
Press releases | September 12, 2013 >>
Preliminary returns from a recent UFT survey of school chapter leaders show that most schools are still missing all or part of the materials they need to teach the new common core curriculum.
Op-Eds | August 8, 2013 >>
While lower test scores largely result from more difficult tests, they fly in the face of Mayor Bloomberg’s constant assertions that everything in our schools was getting better, thanks to his leadership.