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News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned.

Feature stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Sonia Dunkley has been a paraprofessional at PS 9 in the Bronx for 24 years. She loves her job so much that over the years she has told each of her four adult children some version of this: “Try what I’m doing and see if you like it.”


Feature stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Outside the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, the words “boy” and “girl” are carved in stone above two entrances. But for many who pass beneath those signs, gender isn’t that simple.

Union resolutions | January 18, 2017 >>

The UFT will support chapter leaders, delegates and school communities in their endeavors to establish cafeterias and/or lounges dedicated to UFT members in unused, available spaces in schools.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

For two days in November, students at PS 151 in Bushwick, Brooklyn traveled the world without leaving their building.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

When the results of the presidential election left many New York City public school students and their families feeling vulnerable, educators across the city mobilized to participate in a Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 21 in support of an inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful environment for all students.

Around the UFT | January 5, 2017 >>
Demetrius Palmer Jr. had an “infectious joy and love for life,” said Grisel Rodriguez, the principal of PS 82 in Jamaica, Queens. Demetrius, a 4th-grader at the school, accidentally drowned on Aug. 16. Teachers, students and family members gathered in the school’s yard on Nov. 30 to remember Demetrius and unveil a mural in his memory.
Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Hildy Krull signed onto Facebook in 2009, telling herself it was a convenient way to keep up with family, friends and former students.

Around the UFT | December 1, 2016 >>

Jessica Amato teaches English language arts to 7th-graders at IS 259 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. When a student asked her, “What is a veteran?” Amato said she “knew we had to do something on Veterans Day."

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

All the staff at PS 55 in the South Bronx, which is part of the Positive Learning Collaborative, speak common language, which is about listening to the student, validating the student’s emotions and providing tools so the student can better manage his or her feelings.

Feature stories | November 3, 2016 >>

For students at chess-loving IS 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, nothing tops a visit by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Feature stories | November 3, 2016 >>

Fernando Restrepo uses jiu jitsu -- Brazilian martial arts -- to build discipline and self-esteem with his Bronxdale HS students.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The UFT on Sept. 23 launched a new TV ad celebrating the dedication and commitment of New York City educators. The ad, which aired on major broadcast and cable stations in the metropolitan New York area, points out that in these turbulent times, public school educators stay rock steady, forming the bedrock of school communities and helping students achieve success now and throughout their lives.

Feature stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Some wore ear-to-ear smiles, hugging friends and teachers and sharing stories of summer adventures. freedom from homework and brown-bag lunches. Some laughed, others cried. Some were waiting as the doors swung open and others barely cleared the threshold before the late bell. 

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Everything in Yvon Milien’s architecture class at the Brooklyn School for Career Development in Brooklyn is designed and constructed by his students, from the landscapes to the buildings to the miniature artwork inside small-scale models.

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

It’s a Broadway hit with great music that speaks to contemporary ideas of equality and justice — no, not “Hamilton,” but “The Pajama Game.” At PS 100 in Brighton Beach, fifth-graders performed the musical under the direction of the music teacher and the dance teacher, who formed a dynamic tag team.

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Family comes in many forms. And many sizes. Trishana Brown, a 19-year-old high school senior, has one that’s as big as a school community.


Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

"‘Hamilton’ showed us that history is not all about when someone was born and when they died,” said student Kerryann Moreno, whose U.S. history class attended a free matinee performance of the Broadway powerhouse. “There’s always a story behind it.”


Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but when it comes to streams on the eastern seaboard, there aren’t enough trout in the ecosystem. That’s where the 6th-graders of JHS 278 in Marine Park come in.


Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Boxing was a savior for Femi Guri growing up in war-torn Kosovo. Now 27 and a physical education teacher at PS 65 in the South Bronx, he believes that boxing could be a savior for his students.

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