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News | March 5, 2015 >>

Thousands of UFT members, parents and community activists gathered in February at 11 education forums sponsored by the UFT throughout the five boroughs to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: All public schools — not just charter schools — deserve fair funding, and public education will suffer if even more consequences are attached to state test scores.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

On the evening of Feb. 9, meteorologists in Albany were toting up how much snow had fallen at the end of a 48-hour storm. But that didn’t stop state lawmakers from showing up for the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception on the observation deck of the 42-story Corning Tower. President Michael Mulgrew and NYSUT President Karen Magee spent a couple of productive hours meeting with numerous state legislators — most from New York City, but also many from upstate New York.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

The UFT took to the airwaves on Feb. 3 in its all-out campaign to blast Governor Cuomo’s education priorities and to educate the public and state lawmakers about what #AllKidsNeed.

Editorial cartoons | March 5, 2015 >>
News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew convened a live webcast Q-&-A on Feb. 10 to paint a clearer picture for members of the governor’s harmful education proposals and the looming state budget negotiations in which the governor wields inordinate power.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Sounding the alarm that students just learning English are not getting the services and supports they need, UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus told the City Council Education Committee on Feb. 25 that the Department of Education needs to hire more teachers with bilingual or English as a Second Language certifications.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Following the inaugural Moral Monday rally on Jan. 12 that drew a thousand protesters to Albany, the UFT joined once again with public school and community allies for a Moral Monday demonstration in front of Gov. Cuomo's office in midtown Manhattan on Feb. 2.

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda took a solid one-two to the gut, courtesy of two of New York City’s heavy hitters during a joint budget hearing on education in Albany on Feb. 3. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña slammed Cuomo for the governor’s failure to pay the city the $2.5 billion in state aid that city schools are owed from the 2006 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

News | February 9, 2015 >>

More than 100 teachers, parents and guidance counselors gathered at the UFT Bronx borough office on Feb. 6 for a community forum with seven elected officials to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: All public schools — not just charter schools — deserve fair funding and respect.

News stories | February 5, 2015 >>

The Moral Mondays movement came to New York State on Jan. 12 as about 1,000 students, parents, advocates and union leaders from New York City and across the state converged on the state Capitol to demand fair and equitable funding for public schools.

News | January 29, 2015 >>

This full-page ad ran in the New York Daily News on Jan. 29, 2015.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

“It’s not about color; it’s about human dignity,” said Suzette Robbins, a paraprofessional who joined the 10-bus caravan of UFT and NAACP members to Washington, D.C. for the Justice for All March on Dec. 13.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

The hot topic of how to increase diversity in city schools, particularly in the specialized high schools, came before a packed City Council chamber on Dec. 11.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

Every Assembly Member from New York City received a visit in December from a delegation of UFT members, parents and community leaders as the union kicked off a new Fairness and Equity Campaign. The union’s message: we need public schools that serve all children.

National education and labor news | December 4, 2014 >>

Voters in states and cities across the country cast ballots on Nov. 4 in favor of higher minimum wages and guaranteed paid sick days.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Republican candidates gained a clear majority in the New York State Senate in the midterm elections on Nov. 4, despite the best efforts of the UFT and other unions and progressive organizations to elect candidates more supportive of public schools and working people.

Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

Nearly three out of four registered voters in New York State stayed home on Election Day. Turnout — or the lack of turnout — has consequences. We are now left with a state Senate obligated to financiers who support unfettered expansion of charter schools.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on Nov. 18 that the midterm elections earlier in November had put many statehouses firmly in the hands of conservative governors and legislators whose agenda would inflict harm on public schools, unions and working Americans.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

New York City Council members, joined by NAACP representatives, advocates, parent leaders and the UFT, launched a campaign to increase school diversity and credit multiple measures of student success at a press conference in the City Hall rotunda on Oct. 22.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

UFT members called fellow union members in the suburbs and upstate at union phone banks and a day of door-knocking in the Hudson Valley was planned for Nov. 1 as the fight to decide which party controls the state Senate came down to a handful of competitive races, all outside New York City.

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