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News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

It worked well to reduce paperwork. So the UFT and the Department of Education agreed in the proposed contract to expand the process to resolve other school-based disputes.

Chapter leader shoutout | December 7, 2017 >>

Bennett Fischer, the chapter leader at PS 231 @ PS 54 in Brooklyn, seized on the UFT’s new protocol to confront redundant and excessive paperwork to address three big paperwork issues at his District 75 K–8 school.

News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Teachers at James Madison HS got relief from burdensome paperwork this year thanks to the union's new reporting process.

President's perspective | October 6, 2016 >>

When we hear a constant drumroll of complaints about a persistent obstacle, we take it seriously. And paperwork is the No. 1 complaint our members have about their workday.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The UFT is intent this year on enforcing a pair of key provisions from the 2014 contract: to reduce excessive paperwork and to make sure the Department of Education provides all educators in core subjects with appropriate curriculum.

Know your rights | November 5, 2015 >>

When educators are bogged down with unnecessary and duplicative paperwork, it takes valuable time away from the work of educating and supporting our students. For that reason, the UFT negotiated a contractual clause in the 2014 contract that is designed to reduce and eliminate unnecessary paperwork.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

The UFT and the DOE reached agreement on May 19 on a broader set of enforceable paperwork standards in the union’s ongoing effort to reduce and eliminate the excessive paper and electronic demands that is taking educators' time away from their students.

News stories | May 7, 2015 >>

In the first test of the 2014 contract’s new standards on paperwork reduction, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the teachers at John Dewey HS in Gravesend, Brooklyn and ordered the principal to stop burdening staff with unnecessary paperwork.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT and the DOE reached agreement on Sept. 3 on initial system-wide, enforceable paperwork standards that should ease the excessive and burdensome paper and electronic demands imposed on educators in recent years.

President's perspective | October 2, 2014 >>

No one understands the needs of educators better than educators themselves. That’s why we fought so hard to give members a voice in their schools and in the design of their own professional learning, effectively reversing years of being shut out by the previous administration.

Chapter news | September 18, 2014 >>

The UFT identified a number of ways to reduce the time spent on SESIS. The union also pressed for standards in the area of progress reports and questioned the need for members to provide a variety of other information that is already available in SESIS.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how low teacher morale has fallen and how grueling teachers’ working conditions have become.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

How teachers spend their working time is a good indicator of the school system’s priorities. And the clear “winner” in consuming teacher time is, unfortunately, paperwork.

News stories | June 27, 2013 >>
News stories | October 29, 2009 >>

On the eve of the governor’s proposed $223 million in midyear budget cuts, the UFT needs an “army” of political volunteers to try to head off disaster.

Linking to learning | October 9, 2008 >>

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