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federal education law

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.

News | December 9, 2015 >>

The U.S. Senate on Dec. 9 voted 85 to 12 for an overhaul of federal education law that dials back the federal role in public education and bars the federal government from tying teacher evaluations to test scores.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Press releases | March 4, 2010 >>

New York State is among the 15 states and the District of Columbia that advanced to the finals of the competition for the Obama Administration’s $4.35 billion in “Race to the Top” education grants. The state’s “application showed a strong dedication to innovation, improving teaching and learning, curriculum and the issues that really make a difference inside the classroom,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

National education and labor news | February 18, 2010 >>

The White House wants big changes in the No Child Left Behind law, including a shift in judging how and whether schools succeed or fail. It would modify federal financing formulas so that a portion of the money is awarded based on academic progress, rather than on current formulas that apportion money according to their numbers of students, especially poor students.

Q & A on the issues | December 5, 2008 >>

This Q&A, issued by the DOE, answers questions about the “highly qualified” designation for special education teachers.

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