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News stories | May 12, 2011 >>

Teams of educators from some of the 29 schools slated for closure met at UFT headquarters on April 28 to document whether the Department of Education has fulfilled its legal obligations, including whether it complied with the education plans it was required to implement in the 19 schools it tried to close last year.

President's perspective | May 12, 2011 >>

We became teachers and educators to help children. Whether it’s preparing lesson plans, helping students one on one, talking to concerned parents or working with colleagues on schoolwide programs, everything we do is about helping children. Working hard and going the extra mile for our students is in our DNA. It’s who we are.

News stories | May 12, 2011 >>

Lawyers for the UFT argued before the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court on May 3 that the Department of Education should not be allowed to release Teacher Data Reports to the press.

News stories | May 12, 2011 >>

More than 100 students, alumni and teachers demonstrated on April 28 in front of Independence HS on Manhattan’s West Side demanding that the principal drop 3020a dismissal charges against the chapter leader and that the Department of Education investigate chronic leadership failure at the school.

News stories | April 28, 2011 >>

More than 700 UFT and community members held a “Workers Rights Are Civil Rights” candlelight vigil outside Battery Park’s Castle Clinton on April 4, one of more than 1,200 “We Are One” events marking the 43rd anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

News stories | April 28, 2011 >>

“Twenty years from now,” thundered UFT President Michael Mulgrew, “teachers will be teaching about how one percent of the country tried to take the country away from the rest of us ...You will be part of that story.” Mulgrew delivered these rousing words to more than 10,000 cheering union members during a mid-day rally at Times Square on April 9.

Editorials | March 10, 2011 >>

When the city Department of Education enticed 500 Caribbean teachers to leave their countries for challenging new professional lives as instructors in New York City schools 10 years ago, the highly qualified recruits did not suspect that an offer from a legitimate government agency might eventually leave them in the lurch.

Editorials | March 10, 2011 >>

With the Department of Education now taking seriously its responsibility of granting tenure and introducing new tenure guidelines this year, it would seem logical to expect the DOE to meet its responsibility to inform and support the 6,000 educators up for tenure this year. But that isn’t happening.

Press releases | February 25, 2011 >>

Sen. John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) on Feb. 25 introduced a bill in the state legislature that would end seniority layoffs in New York City only. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The proposed bill would send us back to the days before civil service protections, when people could be fired for being the wrong race or gender, too young or too old."

News | February 24, 2011 >>

Politicians, community leaders, parents and educators continued to fight the shutdown of embattled PS 114 in Canarsie, citing the closing as the worst case of Department of Education neglect at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Feb. 24.

News stories | February 17, 2011 >>

UFT members who work as administrative law judges with three city agencies won two major improper practice charges when the city’s Board of Collective Bargaining ruled that the city improperly capped the judges’ hours without negotiating the change with the union and stopped paying judges in one agency for jury service hours.

Comments | February 17, 2011 >>

The following letter was sent to the New York Post: The New York Post’s war on the public schools’ Absent Teacher Reserve continues. On Feb. 10, the Post lumped the ATRs together with “teachers with excessive, but unjustified, absences and teachers who’ve received ‘unsatisfactory’ ratings.”

News stories | February 17, 2011 >>

Mayor Bloomberg in his Feb. 17 budget address threatened nearly 5,000 teacher layoffs come September — the first since the 1970s fiscal crisis — even as he called education his “number one priority” and spoke of the city’s strengthening economy. UFT President Michael Mulgrew disputed the need for layoffs

New teacher | February 3, 2011 >>

News stories | February 3, 2011 >>

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted public employee pensions, current layoff rules and educators serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve in a State of the City address on Jan. 19 in which he said he would shrink the cost of government by going after public employee benefits rather than raise taxes to meet this year’s budget challenges.

News stories | January 20, 2011 >>

The Department of Education on Dec. 14 released to media fanfare new tenure guidelines that it said would make it tougher for teachers to get tenure.

News stories | January 20, 2011 >>

A dozen teachers from across the city stood with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Dec. 19 to put a human face on the issue of the Teacher Data Reports that the news media — with the Department of Education’s support — want released to the public.

News stories | January 20, 2011 >>

The UFT is appealing a Manhattan judge’s Jan. 10 ruling that the Department of Education can release Teacher Data Reports to the press with the names attached.  The judge gave the green light even as she said the court was not making “any determination as to the value, accuracy or reliability of the TDRs.”

News | January 19, 2011 >>

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted public employee pensions, current layoff rules and educators serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve in a State of the City address on Jan. 19 in which he said he would shrink the cost of government by going after public employee benefits rather than raise taxes to meet this year’s budget challenges.

News stories | December 16, 2010 >>

The UFT was in court on Dec. 8 in an all-out effort to block the release of 12,000 Teacher Data Reports that city media organizations are seeking under the Freedom of Information Law.

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