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News | January 9, 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 | 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.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Working together, 3rd- through 5th-grade chefs at the afternoon family cooking class at PS 37 in Springfield Gardens turned out delicious fish tacos, fluffy brown rice and a crunchy red cabbage salad that tasted as good as it looked.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Since becoming a UFT Community Learning School in 2014, PS 1 in Chinatown has been able to deepen its connections with community organizations and launch new ones, all in the name of supporting students and families inside and outside the classroom.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

A clutch of students from PS 143 in Corona were hunting for microscopic creatures that inhabit the Hudson River, the river into which they will soon be launching their handmade, 10-foot rowboat.

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