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Union resolutions | February 3, 2016 >>

The UFT supports state legislation to mandate the enrollment of Paraprofessionals into TRS when they are hired by the NYC Department of Education.

Union resolutions | February 3, 2016 >>

The UFT calls on the New York State Legislature to rescind its 1995 mandate relief. The union also calls on NYS to require that the city's schools adhere to a maximum of five students to one teacher or provider in SETSS and related-service settings, and establish a maximum caseload for SETSS services of 20 students at the elementary level and 25 at the middle and high school levels.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

“It’s amazing to see what’s happened at PS 369 in the Bronx,” Principal Jaleelah Cooke told state and local legislators gathered to learn more about the Positive Learning Collaborative at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10.

Union resolutions | January 6, 2016 >>

The UFT urges Congress to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, much like Medicaid and the Veterans Administration, to stabilize the market and establish competition among the drug manufacturers.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Seven school chapters that stood out in this spring’s #AllKidsNeed campaign to protect public education were honored at this year's Teacher Union Day. While each school took a different approach, they all made the point that educators are the solution, not the problem.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Following the extraordinary mobilization of hundreds of school communities in defense of public education last spring, Teacher Union Day this year had a new focus: honoring seven school chapters for going above and beyond in the fight against Gov. Cuomo.

Editorials | December 3, 2015 >>

The 2016 presidential campaign debates have been among the most watched programming on television. That’s something to celebrate: An engaged electorate is good for democracy.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT’s four endorsed candidates claimed victory with the help of UFT members who cast ballots in the Nov. 3 special elections where every vote mattered since turnout was low.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

The UFT is calling on its members to vote for four candidates it endorsed in the upcoming Nov. 3 elections.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

At a public hearing in Albany on the state’s new receivership plan for struggling schools, UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds declared the UFT’s firm opposition, calling it a “heavy-handed action” that does nothing to improve the quality of instruction and support for children facing the greatest challenges.

News stories | September 10, 2015 >>

The UFT is supporting the candidacy of Barry Grodenchik in a special election on Sept. 10 to fill a vacant City Council seat in Queens’ District 23. 

News stories | August 6, 2015 >>

More than 250 protesters converged outside the East Hampton beachfront estate of hedge-fund billionaire Dan Loeb on July 11 as those inside dined at a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

News stories | August 6, 2015 >>

It may be summer, but educators are already looking ahead to the 2016 election.

Feature stories | July 10, 2015 >>

With the new time allotted in the UFT-DOE contract for professional development, the staff development committee at P 4, a District 75 school in Queens, seized the opportunity to allow educators to showcase their skills for each other.

News stories | July 10, 2015 >>

Public education advocates on June 17 unfurled a 160-foot-long petition scroll with 30,000 names on the floor of the state Capitol calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to keep the current cap on charter schools in New York City. It was the culmination of the UFT’s Keep Public Education Public campaign to beat back a push by the governor and his allies in the state Senate to increase the number of charter schools in New York City and pass a private school tax credit that would provide a huge tax break to billionaires. On the evening of Monday, June 22, as the New York Teacher went to press, the charter cap and the tax credit were still in play as Cuomo and state lawmakers struggled to reach final agreement on all the outstanding issues before them, including rent regulations.

News | June 12, 2015 >>

The UFT is focusing its efforts on winning the restoration of Teacher’s Choice funding as final negotiations on next year’s city budget get underway.

Union resolutions | June 10, 2015 >>

The United Federation of Teachers’ Delegate Assembly authorizes the Executive Board to consider, make or modify endorsements during the summer.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

City schools are set to get an additional 4 percent, or $845.7 million all told, under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2015-16 spending plan. Now the stage is set for a fight to restore Teacher’s Choice in the final spending plan, which must be approved by the mayor and the City Council by July 1.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

Public schools are once again under threat from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Wall Street financiers, who are pushing state lawmakers to raise the number of charter schools in New York City and pass an education tax credit that will dramatically lower the taxes of big donors to private schools.

News | May 26, 2015 >>

Since New York City charter schools have 2,500 empty seats right now, enough to fill four elementary schools, there is no need to raise the charter cap, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at a May 26 press conference.

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