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education law and policy

Press releases | December 9, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Senate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

News | July 13, 2015 >>

New York City public schools serving the poorest students could lose $170 million in federal funding if an amendment to the federal education reauthorization bill is approved, warned New York Sen. Charles Schumer at a press conference on July 13.

Press releases | May 26, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered a response to the selection of MaryEllen Elia as the state's new education commissioner.

News stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Two New York City public school teachers testified before a U.S. Senate committee on how testing and accountability should be redefined in the federal law that provides funding for K–12 education nationwide.


Press releases | January 29, 2015 >>

The UFT released a district-by-district study of New York City charter schools that showed charters fall far short of enrolling and keeping the neediest and hardest-to-educate students in the city.

News | January 29, 2015 >>

This full-page ad ran in the New York Daily News on Jan. 29, 2015.

Press releases | January 21, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement denouncing the proposed education policy changes in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

Union resolutions | March 19, 2014 >>

The UFT strongly supports the vigorous efforts of our colleagues in the California Federation of Teachers and the California Teachers Association in defending against the deceitful and dangerous claims of a lawsuit now being heard in a California court which seeks to overturn the state’s laws granting teachers due process and seniority rights.

Union resolutions | March 19, 2014 >>

The UFT commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and honors its significance to our country’s history through the UFT’s continuing fight for racial, social and economic justice in our schools, our city and our country.

Testimony | January 28, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Joint Committees on Education and Finance about the governor's proposed executive budget.

Press releases | December 23, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers today filed a Freedom of Information Law request to ensure that the Department of Education preserves documents and emails vital to public understanding of how decisions were made during the Bloomberg era.

Press releases | December 23, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers submitted an amicus brief today supporting the authority of the New York State Comptroller to audit Success Academy and other charter schools and networks. UFT lawyers argue that “while charter schools may receive some funding from private entities, they are overwhelmingly funded by public tax dollars and they are subject to the disclosure requirements applicable to government agencies under the New York state Freedom of Information Law.”

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew brought members of the citywide Community Education Councils and parent activists up to date on issues facing educators and schools at a meeting on May 20 at union headquarters.

News stories | May 30, 2013 >>

Calling it a “pivotal time in the history of our school system,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew focused on the need to rebuild public education in New York City after Mayor Bloomberg in his speech at the union’s annual Spring Education Conference at the New York Hilton on May 11.

News stories | April 11, 2013 >>

The UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly on March 20 to support the 60-member UFT Task Force on School Governance’s recommendations to scale back mayoral control of the school system. “We are telling the city what parents already know: what we have doesn’t work,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

News stories | March 21, 2013 >>

UFT school governance committee on March 14 proposed a set of sweeping changes to limit mayoral control of the city’s schools that would give parents and community more say.

President's perspective | March 21, 2013 >>

The column is an abridged version of a letter UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent to members on March 14 announcing the UFT’s recommendations for school governance reform. The union is proposing a wide range of changes to restore balance to the city’s system of school governance, including dramatic changes to the composition of the Panel for Educational Policy that will eliminate the mayor’s majority.

Editorials | March 21, 2013 >>

The Department of Education calls the meetings that it holds prior to closing or co-locating schools “public hearings.” But at a real public hearing, the public is heard.

Press releases | March 15, 2013 >>

On March 15, during his regular weekly appearance on WOR Radio, Mayor Bloomberg responded harshly to UFT President Michael Mulgrew's proposal to limit mayoral control of New York City schools. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The mayor would love to make this an issue with the UFT, but in fact it is parents who in every opinion poll say they are tired of ten years of Bloomberg mismanagement of the schools."

Press releases | March 14, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew today proposed sweeping changes to limit mayoral control of New York City schools and to restore a system of checks and balances to public education. The changes would have to be approved by the state Legislature.

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