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News | October 30, 2014 >>

Dozens of educators, parents and schools supporters went to Time magazine's Manhattan headquarters to deliver petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the publication to apologize for its teacher-bashing cover on the Nov. 3 issue.

News | October 29, 2014 >>

The UFT is urging members to vote yes on Proposal 3 concerning the New York Bonds for School Technology Act, which would enable the state to sell up to $2 billion in bonds.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT-endorsed candidates — from seasoned hands to newcomers — won big in the Sept. 9 primary races.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.

Editorials | June 5, 2014 >>

We take for granted that nurses and other health care workers routinely lift patients. They move patients from beds to wheelchairs, from stationary beds to wheeled hospital gurneys, from lying prone on a bed to sitting up.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Students, educators, parents and advocates from around the city rallied in Foley Square on May 21 to support the creation of more community schools.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Incensed by what they said were confusing, developmentally inappropriate or needlessly long questions on this year’s English language arts exams, teachers, parents and students at more than 35 schools in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn mounted early-morning protests against the tests on April 11, drawing large turnouts.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Matthew Kirwan, the chapter leader of PS 74 on Staten Island, said he was participating for the third time in the union’s annual Lobby Day to make sure state lawmakers heard firsthand from classroom educators about their issues. “This is our opportunity to voice those issues and advocate for things that we need,” he said.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

UFT members participate in a protest on March 21 in front of the Bay Ridge office of state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsored a bill making its way through the Legislature that would grant sizable tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for religious and other private schools in New York State.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

While progress has been made in schools regarding bullying and inappropriate treatment of gay and LGBT students and educators, there is still much work to do, UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson told the City Council Education Committee during a hearing on Feb. 25.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford reiterated the union’s endorsement of the mayor’s full-day universal prekindergarten plan in testimony before the City Council on Feb. 11.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Amid a statewide furor over the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, the State Assembly on Feb. 28 introduced a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to the New York state tests for teachers and students.

News | March 3, 2014 >>

After a week in which charter school operator Eva Moskowitz sought to pit charter schools against public schools, a coalition of district and charter school parents, elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 3 for a “unity rally” behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposals for universal prekindergarten and afterschool programs.

News stories | February 6, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew presented the union’s legislative priorities — including more direct school aid and a moratorium on high-stakes testing — to dozens of state legislators at an early-morning gathering in Albany on the day of the joint budget hearing on education.

News stories | February 6, 2014 >>

New York State should put a moratorium on its use of Common Core test results until the state and city have made high-quality curricula available and teachers have been trained in how to use it, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified to state lawmakers on Jan. 28.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Leaders from all of the city’s major labor unions — representing 1.3 million workers — on Jan. 6 voiced their strong support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-K for the city’s four-year-olds.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Saying the state is looking at a budget surplus for the first time since 2007, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled tax breaks for businesses and property owners and called for statewide universal pre-K in his State of the State address in Albany on Jan. 8.

President's perspective | January 16, 2014 >>

We have always believed in the importance of quality early childhood education for all our children, but achieving it has not been politically feasible in the past. With our new mayor making pre-K his signature education initiative, the stars are aligning to get it done.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

UFT members were among the thousands of workers and community activists who lit up Foley Square on Dec. 5, singing, dancing, chanting and carrying candles inscribed with their dreams for a better New York. The rally was a celebration of the end of the Bloomberg years and the beginning of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

Public school advocates held events in New York City and some 100 cities across the country on Dec. 9 in a National Day of Action to reclaim public schools from corporate interests, the overuse of tests, the closing of schools and the diversion of scarce funds to charter schools.

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