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UFT blog | February 4, 2014 >>

As charter school proponents go to Albany this week to plead their case, let’s examine the realities behind their claims of stretched resources, unique student demand and stellar academic results.

News | December 30, 2013 >>

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Dec. 30 tapped Carmen Fariña, an accomplished educator and administrator with deep roots in the city’s school system, to be the next chancellor.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

The Department of Education systematically overloaded struggling high schools with high-needs “over-the-counter” students who had not participated in the high school choice process, “accelerating a downward spiral toward closure,” a new report finds.

Press releases | September 26, 2013 >>

A United Federation of Teachers survey has shown that more than 230,000 students — the equivalent of almost a quarter of the entire school system — spent part or all of their first few weeks of school in overcrowded classes.

Press releases | September 12, 2013 >>

Preliminary returns from a recent UFT survey of school chapter leaders show that most schools are still missing all or part of the materials they need to teach the new common core curriculum.

Press releases | August 28, 2013 >>

In response to the decline in the rate of teachers approved for tenure, UFT President Michael Mulgrew pointed to the large volume of teachers who voluntarily leave the Department of Education because of its continued mismanagement of New York City public schools.

Op-Eds | August 8, 2013 >>

While lower test scores largely result from more difficult tests, they fly in the face of Mayor Bloomberg’s constant assertions that everything in our schools was getting better, thanks to his leadership.

Press releases | August 5, 2013 >>

As the state prepares to release "significantly lower" test scores, Mulgrew asserts that the mayor's policies have left students "far behind where they should be."

Editorials | June 13, 2013 >>

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s refusal to testify under oath at a recent City Council hearing on the education budget came, sadly, as no surprise.

Chapter news | May 20, 2013 >>

Minutes of the May 1, 2013 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

Press releases | January 18, 2013 >>

In a remarkable coincidence — one not seen since the UFT hosted the Occupy Wall Street protestors — inspectors from city agencies including the Health Department showed up at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway on the morning of Jan. 18, the day after the mayor torpedoed a deal between the UFT and DOE over a new teacher evaluation system.

Press releases | January 15, 2013 >>

On Jan. 15 the UFT was informed by the mediator appointed by the state’s Public Employment Relations Board that the city and the Department of Education have refused to take part in mediation designed to help us reach an agreement on a new model for teacher evaluations.

Press releases | January 15, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, frustrated by the pace of talks with the New York City Department of Education to create a new teacher evaluation system, has requested that the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) designate a mediator to help both sides meet the state’s Jan. 17 deadline for an agreement.

News | January 7, 2013 >>

On Jan. 6, a broad coalition of over 100 elected officials and community leaders sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg saying, "We are shocked by your comments that compare the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association."

Press releases | January 4, 2013 >>

On his Jan. 4 weekly radio show, shortly after the launch of the UFT’s new TV ad campaign urging him to come to an agreement on teacher evaluations, Mayor Bloomberg compared the union to the National Rifle Association, claiming both organizations are out of touch with their rank and file. “The NRA’s another place where the membership, if you do the polling, doesn't agree with the leadership,” he told the radio program host, John Gambling.

Press releases | January 4, 2013 >>

The UFT on Jan. 4 launched a television ad campaign urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to put politics aside and reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system. The 30-second spot, titled “Moving Forward,” criticizes the mayor’s education record on topics ranging from misleading statistics and the failing schools opened by the mayor, to hiring Cathie Black as chancellor.

Union resolutions | December 12, 2012 >>

The UFT resolves to establish a committee to consider alternatives to the current admissions process to the Specialized High Schools and to support efforts to ensure that high school admission policies are just for all of New York City's students.

News stories | November 22, 2012 >>

The UFT sued the Department of Education on Nov 15, asking the New York State Supreme Court to intervene, after the DOE turned over only heavily blacked-out copies of emails between former Chancellor Joel Klein, his deputies and charter school advocates, two years after the UFT had requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.

Press releases | November 15, 2012 >>

The UFT on Nov. 15 sued the New York City Department of Education over its failure to comply with Freedom of Information requests for copies of emails that link former Chancellor Joel Klein and senior DOE staffers with City Hall political figures and charter school proponents.

News | November 6, 2012 >>

Staff from schools that did not have power or heat today should check the DOE website to find out if their schools will reopen tomorrow. Schools will reopen if they have electricity by this afternoon. The DOE says it will post the status of these schools on its website at 6 p.m. tonight.

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