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News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

The UFT is appealing a state judge’s ruling that allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher tenure and seniority rights to proceed. 

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

For the very first time, a teacher rating of Ineffective has been overturned. In its first case before an impartial, three-member appeals panel, the union proved that the rating of Ineffective for Vicky Giasemis, the chapter leader at PS 90 in Coney Island, was due to harassment and animus by her principal and was not related to her job performance. 

Testimony | March 3, 2015 >>

The UFT submitted testimony to the City Council Committee on Education regarding overcrowding in NYC public schools and Res. No. 563.

News stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Lawyers for the UFT and NYSUT vigorously defended due the process rights for teachers and made a forceful case in state Supreme Court on Jan. 16 for the dismissal of two lawsuits that attack those rights.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Dec. 9 called for closing tax loopholes that benefit non-resident owners of luxury properties to raise revenue to bring class sizes in kindergarten through Grade 3 down to no more than 15 children.

Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

A proven strategy: Teachers and parents know it, and research has proved it: Significantly smaller class sizes, particularly in the early grades, can lead to strong gains in achievement. The benefit is greatest for poor and minority children. 

Press releases | December 9, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged New York City to embark next September on a long-term initiative that will lower class size in the public schools to no more than 15 students in kindergarten through third grade.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

It’s time to apologize. That was the message sent by UFT President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Oct. 30 as they delivered petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the editors of Time magazine to apologize for a recent cover.

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.

Press releases | October 28, 2014 >>

Citing a New York State Court of Appeals decision that found that tenure serves the public interest and protects teachers "from the abuses they might be subjected to if they could be dismissed at the whim of their supervisors," the United Federation of Teachers today moved to dismiss Davids vs. New York and Wright vs. New York, a set of lawsuits that seek to overturn teacher job protections and seniority.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

Class size doesn’t matter. That’s a common theme among the so-called reformers who contend that an effective teacher can teach a class of any size, as if there is no difference in opportunities for teaching and learning in a class of 30 or 35 compared to one of 20 or 25.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT filed grievances on Sept. 18 and 19 on more than 3,500 classes citywide jam-packed with more students than allowed under the union contract. Although there were 210 fewer oversize classes this year than at the same time last year, the classes were dispersed over more schools than in the past.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

A New York State Supreme Court justice on Sept. 11 granted the UFT’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate teachers’ due process rights.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

The people who want to toss teacher tenure in the trash will tell you that they are fighting for the kids. The fact is, though, that their quest to eliminate teachers’ due-process rights fits perfectly into the political agenda of the Wall Street backers of corporate education reform and privatization:

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective under the new evaluation system, there is a new process in place to appeal the rating.

News | August 7, 2014 >>

Seven parents led by former TV personality turned corporate education reformer Campbell Brown filed suit in State Supreme Court in Albany today to invalidate due process and seniority rights for teachers in New York state public schools.

Press releases | August 6, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to news that California millionaire David Welch’s advocacy group, Student Matters, will fund and coordinate the lawsuit by the New York City Parents Union that seeks to invalidate due process and seniority rights for teachers.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on June 11 that the recent California court ruling against teacher tenure was based on weak and faulty arguments and is going to be appealed.

National education and labor news | June 26, 2014 >>

In a landmark decision with national ramifications, a Los Angeles judge on June 10 struck down the state’s laws governing teacher tenure, firings and layoffs.

President's perspective | June 26, 2014 >>

We expended a lot of energy — and relied heavily on your involvement — these last several years fighting against Mayor Bloomberg and his mistaken policies. Now we’ll be able to channel that energy into thinking creatively about how we can improve our school system.

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