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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.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressuring state lawmakers to pass his misguided education proposals as part of the state budget, 1,100 UFT members on March 12 converged on the state capital to shift the focus to the real priority: getting the state to pay the $2.5 billion it owes to New York City schools.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Protests against Cuomo’s harmful public education agenda peaked in New York City on March 12, when parents, their children and educators joined hands to form a human chain around their buildings as if to protect them from the governor’s proposals.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Now that city and state budgets are back in the black, the City Council should restore funding for Teacher’s Choice, UFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus told the Council in budget testimony on March 25.


News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

The Council Education Committee on March 19 adopted a resolution calling on the state Legislature to reject Gov. Cuomo’s receivership approach for fixing struggling city schools via a state takeover.

President's perspective | April 2, 2015 >>

Every phone call, every Facebook post, every sign you made — it all helped move the needle and educate the public on the truth behind the governor’s proposals.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Around 150 parents, teachers and students from Brooklyn’s Community School District 15 rallied and picketed outside Gov. Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan offices on March 11. 
PS 24 Chapter Leader Erika Dagress said she trekked to the rally from her Sunset Park school because Cuomo “is trying to break public education.”


News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew opened the Delegate Assembly on March 25 by thanking delegates for the union’s outstanding work in countering Gov. Cuomo’s destructive education agenda.


News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

As budget negotiations were going down to the wire in Albany, some 5,000 parents, teachers and students from across the state converged outside Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown Manhattan office for a March 28 rally that marked the culmination of their months-long campaign to stop him from pushing through radical changes to public education policy favored by his Wall Street backers as part of the state budget.


News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Through new media such as Twitter and Facebook to more traditional forms of protest, members and allies are getting out the word that the governor’s proposals would harm children, damage schools and threaten the future of public education.


News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Demanding that Gov. Cuomo pay up on the state’s long-overdue $2.5 billion debt to New York City public schools, two education advocacy groups at a press conference on Feb. 19 released a report that broke down the money owed by Assembly and Senate district in New York City so that each lawmaker who is going to vote on the state budget can tell exactly how much money is missing from his or her district.

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