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Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers on Feb. 14 in Albany to fully fund the foundation aid that New York City schools need — and to extend and enhance the millionaire’s tax to help pay for it.
Editorials | March 2, 2017 >>
With the new administration in Washington, D.C., it’s more important than ever that our public schools and the students we teach have strong supporters.
At the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in Albany, nearly 200 state government officials and other guests got a bird’s-eye view of the capital and an overall look at the union’s legislative priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.
New York State could eliminate its $3.5 billion budget deficit — money that could help bolster schools and other social needs — if state lawmakers closed the “carried interest” loophole favoring private equity and hedge fund managers, said UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other proponents of closing the carried interest loophole at an Albany news conference on Feb. 14.
Press releases | February 8, 2017 >>
The Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers today voted to endorse Mayor Bill de Blasio in his re-election race this fall.
President's perspective | February 2, 2017 >>
With public schools under unprecedented attack, it has never been more important for educators and parents to tell their stories.
News stories | February 2, 2017 >>
Thousands of UFT members participated in the Women's Marches in NYC and Washington, D.C., the birth of a large protest movement.
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.
Q & A on the issues | January 5, 2017 >>
On Nov. 7, 2017, New York voters will be asked to weigh in on a question of vital importance: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” The answer is NO!
Education nation | January 5, 2017 >>
Don't confuse Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for education, secretary, with run-of-the-mill charter advocates. Her goal is "the full dismantling of public schools in favor of religious and private schools," says one critic.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly, coming on the day after Election Day, was suffering from a collective election-results hangover of, well, Trumpian proportions.
Labor spotlight | December 1, 2016 >>
Hillary Clinton was endorsed by most major unions, and organized labor’s campaign spending — much of it for Clinton and other Democrats — hit unprecedented levels. But more working-class men and women, including many in union households, voted for her opponent. What gives?
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
With the election of Donald Trump as president, all bets about the future of "corporate" education reform are off, and public school advocates are bracing for the worst. That was the consensus of a panelists participating in a Nov. 16 conference on the future of public schools organized by the UFT.
President's perspective | December 1, 2016 >>
We have to hold fast to our core beliefs: that public education is critical to the future of this country; that all communities within our school communities deserve respect and dignity; and that workers have a right to unionize and be treated fairly. Our union’s 56-year history is built on fighting for those core beliefs. And nothing that happened on Nov. 8 has changed that.
National education and labor news | November 3, 2016 >>
Ramping up efforts to elect Hillary Clinton, seven labor groups joined forces with For Our Future, a Democratic super PAC, and raised $60 million to mobilize working families for the presidential candidate in battleground states.
For 10 days in early October, a dedicated group of teachers, parents and education advocates marched 150 miles from New York City to Albany. Their goal: to shine a spotlight on the state’s failure to properly fund public schools.
New York City public school educators and the union have been going full bore in their efforts to get Hillary Clinton elected president, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at the start of the first Delegate Assembly of the school year in Shanker Hall on Oct. 19.
Around the UFT | November 3, 2016 >>
In the month leading up to this critical presidential election, UFT members turned out at after-school phone banks in all five union borough offices and also made calls from home on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.