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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.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

The UFT joined with parents, community groups and its state union affiliate to launch a statewide petition drive aimed at banning the use of standardized testing for grades 2 and younger.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

With a new administration coming to City Hall and the Department of Education on Jan. 1, the UFT released a new fast-paced TV ad urging New Yorkers to work hand in hand with teachers to move the city’s public schools forward.

Editorial cartoons | December 18, 2013 >>
Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 >>

The United Federation of Teachers calls on the state and city to work quickly on enacting meaningful and concrete changes that ensure New York City has the fair, efficient and reliable election system that its residents need and deserve.

Op-Eds | November 18, 2013 >>

As Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, it's become apparent that the city has consistently had more money available than the Mayor has maintained. Rather than be fair to city employees, the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly chosen to spend public resources on tax breaks for developers or for consultant contracts on failed or overpriced projects.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

They say lightning never strikes twice, but it has at Andries Hudde MS in Flatbush which for the second time in less than six months has fended off a proposal to co-locate a charter school inside its building.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

UFT members hope Bill de Blasio lives up to his campaign promises on education and sets a different tone at City Hall, especially with regard to how children and educators are treated.

Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>

Pat yourselves on the back, UFT members. There is reason for pride and celebration. On Nov. 5, the people were heard. We have a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate and many new City Council members who support our schools and respect UFT members.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 29 blasted the city Department of Education for asking 2nd-graders or younger to complete bubble-answer sheets for multiple-choice questions.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

The IS 281 computer, journalism, media, robotics, vocal music, band, science, art and dance programs are all at risk due to the Department of Education’s plans to co-locate Coney Island Prep charter school in the Gravesend middle school's building.

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