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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.
News stories | January 17, 2013 >>
Seeing the upcoming mayor’s race as an opportunity to make some much-needed changes to school governance in New York City, the UFT has reconstituted its School Governance Committee.
News stories | June 28, 2012 >>
At the June 13 Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reflected on the grueling school year that was and discussed what to expect in the year ahead. Events such as the emergence of Occupy Wall Street and the fight for the millionaire’s tax “feel more like four years ago than just the beginning of this school year,” Mulgrew said.
Union resolutions | June 13, 2012 >>
The UFT will reconvene the Mayoral Control Committee for the purpose of meeting with members and our community partners in order to make a recommendation on our position regarding mayoral control.
News stories | May 24, 2012 >>
At the May 17 Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew broached the topic of mayoral control — an issue of major import to New York City educators and all who are concerned with the state of the city’s public schools.
News stories | March 8, 2012 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined state and city elected officials, parents and education advocates on Feb. 28 to announce his support for proposed state legislation that would require elected parent councils to approve school co-locations before they could go into effect.
News stories | February 2, 2012 >>
Enraged at the mayor’s threat to close 33 “persistently lowest achieving” schools and remove half the staff in each school, more than 1,000 UFT-represented educators descended on a Jan. 18 meeting of the city’s Panel for Educational Policy at Brooklyn Technical HS, disrupting the proceedings with whistles and chants before walking out in protest.
Editorials | September 8, 2011 >>
If the controversial school closings it has rubberstamped for the mayor wasn’t enough to convince New Yorkers that the Panel for Educational Policy, dominated by mayoral appointees, is broken beyond repair, then perhaps its most recent move, approving a $120 million contract with Verizon, will be.
Feature stories | May 4, 2011 >>
In February, the UFT organized an essay contest in which it asked members in 500 words to tell the chancellor about the value that they add to the lives of students. What work do you do every day? What makes you so special? What do you do that often gets lost in all the talk about “reform” and “accountability”? Read excerpts from several winning submissions.
Feature stories | April 28, 2011 >>
In February, the UFT organized an essay contest in which it asked members to tell the chancellor about the value that they add to the lives of students. What work do you do every day? What makes you so special? What do you do that often gets lost in all the talk? Here’s what your colleagues had to say.
Editorials | April 28, 2011 >>
David Steiner recently announced his plan to leave his position as the state’s education commissioner later this year. It is fair to say that he will be missed. Steiner has distinguished himself with a number of achievements during his almost two years on the job. As a voice of reason, Steiner has refused to buy into injurious rhetoric about teachers and the teaching profession.
News stories | April 14, 2011 >>
Around 150 parents, teachers, students and interested community members turned out for a March 23 meeting of the city’s Panel for Educational Policy held at Brooklyn Technical HS. The panel voted to close JHS 231 in Queens and to co-locate a new charter school in Brooklyn’s PS 114, which only recently narrowly escaped the mayor’s chopping block.
News stories | March 10, 2011 >>
The city’s Panel for Educational Policy, dominated by mayoral appointees, voted 8 to 4 at its March 1 meeting at Brooklyn Technical HS to co-locate a new charter school in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s already-cramped PS 308, infuriating the school’s parents, students and teachers.