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News stories | November 25, 2010 >>

Blasting the “secret process” by which the mayor selected Cathleen Black as the next schools chancellor, UFT President Michael Mulgrew proposed a resolution at the Nov. 17 Delegate Assembly to fight to change the law to require a public hiring process for chancellor in the future. The resolution passed resoundingly by the delegates.

News stories | November 25, 2010 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called Mayor Bloomberg’s secretive selection process in choosing the next chancellor of New York City public schools “a clear abuse of power” and “a missed opportunity” to move education forward for the city’s 1.1 million children.

Insight | November 11, 2010 >>

Things are bad out there and, according to new U.S. Census data, they aren’t getting better. Information from the 2009 census, the American Community Survey released in September, found that applications for food stamps are at an all-time high, and the gap between rich and poor is at its widest ever.

National education and labor news | November 11, 2010 >>

The gap in what students are expected to know in one state may be up to four grade levels behind the expectations set by another state, says an American Institutes for Research report.

National education and labor news | November 11, 2010 >>

Not only are bullying and harassment antisocial, intolerable and dangerous, they’re also against the law, the Obama administration warned in issuing guidelines for educators on how to address the problems.

News | September 8, 2010 >>

A state law aimed at ending bullying in the schools was signed into law on Sept. 7 by Gov. Paterson, who credited the UFT with "leading the fight" to ensure its passage.

News stories | June 17, 2010 >>

For State Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson, “There is nothing more important than our constitutional obligation to providing all of New York’s children with a quality education.” That’s why the Brooklyn legislator made it a point to be one of nine area senators who met with concerned UFT members and parents on June 5 to discuss the potentially drastic cutbacks facing New York City schools.

News stories | June 17, 2010 >>

A recent report by a research group said that the dizzying rate of management change at the Department of Education has made it hard to assess what’s working and what’s not. Were the 10 regions a good idea? Never mind, they were soon replaced by the School Support Organizations. Did they work? Well, who knows? But now we have a new Children First Networks system.

News stories | June 3, 2010 >>

Maybe it turned up in your mailbox — the glossy brochure comes from Education Reform Now, an organization that has spared no expense in publicizing its point of view in TV ads and now a new brochure blanketing the city. Let’s take a look at what it’s saying ... and provide some real analysis and perspective on the issues.

National education and labor news | June 3, 2010 >>

While employment increased nationwide by 290,000 in April, it’s the worst job market for teachers since the Great Depression.

Schools that once couldn’t fill hard-to-staff positions with certified teachers are being flooded with applications.

News stories | May 20, 2010 >>

The UFT Delegate Assembly on May 12 overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution to support an agreement between the UFT, NYSUT and the State Education Department to create a new teacher evaluation system that is based on multiple measures and provides customized professional support for those in need of help.

News stories | May 20, 2010 >>

Speaking before an audience of 1,800 members, elected and school officials, and advocates at the annual Spring Conference on May 8, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for a radically different, multifaceted approach to educational reform and proposed a “community schools program” that would provide medical and social services to students and families as a model of how to help struggling schools and communities.

Around the UFT | May 6, 2010 >>

More than 500 teachers, academics and education advocates turned out on April 17 at Manhattan’s Julia Richman Education Complex for the First Symposium of the Deborah Meier Institute on the theme “Remapping Progressive Education.” UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez and others for the symposium’s opening plenary on “Schools in the Age of Mayoral Control.”

Around the UFT | May 6, 2010 >>

The achievement gap was the topic of an extensive debate at the National Action Network conference on April 15. Education officials and experts, including UFT President Michael Mulgrew, participated in the conference’s education panel.

Press releases | April 15, 2010 >>

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 15 announced a landmark agreement to eliminate temporary reassignment centers, or “rubber rooms,” where teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence are assigned pending resolution of their cases. Under the new agreement, most teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence will be assigned to perform administrative work in Department of Education offices or given non-classroom duties in their schools while their cases are resolved.

Around the UFT | April 1, 2010 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew explains the options to staff from schools targeted for state intervention at a meeting on March 17 at UFT headquarters. Under the U.S. Department of Education’s stepped-up oversight, states must identify their “persistently lowest-achieving schools” and their local districts must select one of four interventions.

News stories | April 1, 2010 >>

The city’s four-year graduation rate climbed to a 10-year high of 59 percent for the Class of 2009 from 46.5 percent four years ago, as educators responded to an intensive national push to get students over the high school finish line. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “First, let me congratulate our graduates and their teachers on their success,” he said. “But let’s remember that the playing field out there is not level for all students. A single four-year grad rate can be misleading because it tells only half the story.”

News stories | March 18, 2010 >>

As a result of legal action taken by a coalition including the UFT and the NAACP, a judge has ordered the Department of Education to halt its process of matching students to high schools. The order is temporary until the judge rules on a preliminary injunction in the coalition’s lawsuit to stop school closures.

News stories | March 18, 2010 >>

One of the hottest issues in education today is also an age-old question: What makes a good teacher? And the UFT is working to help find an answer. Federal officials, in testimony before Congress recently, called for a refocus away from looking at “paper credentials” to gauging teacher effectiveness by asking states to find a better system for teacher evaluation.

News stories | March 18, 2010 >>

The federal education law that, for better or worse, has dominated the lives of America’s educators for the past eight years is set for another controversial and troubling renewal.

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