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Topics in the News:
education law and policy
News stories | February 7, 2019 >>
In a huge victory for the UFT, both houses of the state Legislature on Jan. 23 voted overwhelmingly to end the requirement that state test scores be used in evaluating teachers in New York State.
Press releases | March 5, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's selection of Richard Carranza, the Houston schools chief, as the DOE's new chancellor.
Press releases | March 1, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Panel for Educational Policy vote against closing PS/MS 42 and MS 53 in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Press releases | February 28, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the selection of Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho as the new New York City Department of Education schools chancellor.
Editorials | February 1, 2018 >>
When Carmen Fariña stepped into the role of schools chancellor in 2014, she brought sanity back to New York City public education after 12 long years of Michael Bloomberg’s disastrous business-knows-best chancellors.
National education and labor news | February 1, 2018 >>
A federal judge blocked Arizona from enforcing a controversial ban on Mexican American studies courses, arguing that the state law is unconstitutional.
News stories | February 1, 2018 >>
Brooklyn Council Member Mark Treyger, a former teacher and UFT delegate at New Utrecht HS, was appointed the new chair of the New York City Council’s Education Committee on Jan. 11.
Press releases | June 29, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the news that lawmakers in Albany had reached a deal on the renewal of mayoral control.
Press releases | June 19, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement regarding mayoral control of city public schools, which will expire at the end of the legislative session unless legislators can come to an agreement on its extension.
Op-Eds | June 12, 2017 >>
In 2002 and 2009 State Senate Republicans, saying that the New York City’s public schools needed predictable and accountable management, couldn't wait to give former Mayor Bloomberg long-term control of the schools. But if the principle of mayoral control was enough to ensure that Bloomberg got a total of 13 years as head of the school system, why has Mayor de Blasio had to fight to get even one-year extensions of the mayoral control law?
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
New York State will no longer measure a school’s success solely on tests scores and graduation rates. Under a new State Education Department plan, multiple measures including student growth will be factored into the school evaluation process.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
With public education at risk from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ privatization agenda, more than 800 UFT members and public school parents journeyed to Albany to call on state lawmakers to protect and support New York City public schools.
National education and labor news | April 6, 2017 >>
Congressional Republicans voted in early March to repeal crucial regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act in favor of leaving education policy largely in the hands of state governments.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
With a federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants spreading fear among New York City’s immigrant communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on March 21 that schools will bar entry to immigration agents unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.
National education and labor news | February 2, 2017 >>
The Trump administration on Jan. 20 issued an executive order freezing all Obama-era regulations not yet in effect, including the regulation governing accountability for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 1-year-old federal education law.
News stories | February 2, 2017 >>
In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools.
Union resolutions | January 18, 2017 >>
The UFT will work with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and other allies to press the U.S. Senate to reject the appointment of Betsy DeVos to the post of U.S. education secretary.
News stories | January 7, 2016 >>
President Obama on Dec. 10 signed into law major legislation that dials back the federal role in public education and bars the federal government from tying teacher evaluations to test scores.
Press releases | December 10, 2015 >>
Following President Obama's signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the release of Governor Cuomo's Common Core task force findings on Dec. 10, UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent an email to all DOE-employed members.