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Topics in the News:
Press releases | September 26, 2013 >>
A United Federation of Teachers survey has shown that more than 230,000 students — the equivalent of almost a quarter of the entire school system — spent part or all of their first few weeks of school in overcrowded classes.
Editorials | September 5, 2013 >>
New York City’s attempt to duck its responsibility to properly staff school libraries by getting a waiver of state requirements is a shameful move that would hurt students, particularly those from low-income families who lack books, Internet access or other information resources at home.
A Coney Island principal repeatedly accused of bullying parents and staff and sent for sensitivity training by the DOE after making offensive racial remarks has been ordered to stop “harassing or otherwise discriminating” against union members lawfully exercising their rights.
The city and the municipal unions reached an agreement on Aug. 27 on the city’s Health Insurance Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit that addressed the unions’ serious concerns about how the city was conducting the audit.
Despite plummeting test scores and mounting pressure to meet the higher academic demands of the new Common Core Learning Standards, the DOE is asking the state to waive requirements for school librarians. Angry parents, librarians, teachers and community leaders are demanding that the state reject the request.
Press releases | August 28, 2013 >>
In response to the decline in the rate of teachers approved for tenure, UFT President Michael Mulgrew pointed to the large volume of teachers who voluntarily leave the Department of Education because of its continued mismanagement of New York City public schools.
News | August 8, 2013 >>
Blasting the mayor for “trying to tie the hands of the next administration,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew on July 18 announced a union lawsuit to stop the Bloomberg administration from locking in more than a dozen school co-locations that would start after the mayor’s term in office ends.
News stories | June 13, 2013 >>
Not all principals will be able and fair evaluators. Some teachers get rated poorly by their principals for reasons having nothing to do with their teaching ability. And some struggling teachers simply need more support and guidance. The new evaluation system addresses all of these issues.
News stories | June 13, 2013 >>
All four domains and all 22 components of the framework below will be used for supporting and evaluating teacher practice.
News stories | May 2, 2013 >>
Thirty thousand UFT members forced to spend hundreds of hours beyond the school day logging student data onto the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System got a total of more than $38 million in back pay in April.
News | April 19, 2013 >>
Because of our recent landmark arbitration victory, the Department of Education is issuing back pay this month to UFT members who did work outside the regular work day on the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) between September 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012. Any of you who are owed money for after-hours SESIS work during this period should receive payment in your regular April 30 paycheck.
New teacher articles | April 11, 2013 >>
If you’re a probationary teacher who plans to achieve tenure, it’s time to become familiar with the Department of Education’s Tenure Decision-making Framework.
News stories | March 21, 2013 >>
The UFT has won another round in its ongoing fight with the Department of Education to provide members with the time they need to complete their work on SESIS. An arbitrator on March 13 issued a clarification of his original ruling, finding that the DOE had ignored his award when it carved out specific time in the work day to do SESIS work for some titles but not others without first negotiating with the UFT.
News stories | February 28, 2013 >>
A judge has temporarily blocked the state from withholding approximately $250 million in school aid from New York City as a penalty for the city’s failure to reach agreement with the UFT on a new teacher evaluation system by the Jan. 17 deadline.
Q & A on the issues | January 31, 2013 >>
The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. Read this Q&A to find out what that means for you.
Editorials | January 31, 2013 >>
New research shows that investments in education like full-day prekindergarten generate great returns in terms of academic preparedness and achievement for those students. Former UFTer and longtime Retired Teachers Chapter member Jeanne Manford did not set out to become a pioneer in the gay rights movement.
News stories | January 31, 2013 >>
UFT delegates at the Jan. 17 Delegate Assembly overwhelmingly passed a series of resolutions reaffirming union support for civil, human, labor and education rights.
News stories | January 17, 2013 >>
The UFT on Jan. 3 prevailed in its grievance charging that the Department of Education’s implementation of the Special Education Student Information System required members to work beyond their regular workday. The independent arbitrator ordered that UFT members be paid for all the time that they were logged into SESIS outside the regular workday — using the system’s own tracking of their time.
Press releases | December 14, 2012 >>
A preliminary report released by the Department of Education on Dec. 14 shows that average class sizes increased this school year. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Every parent and every teacher knows how critical it is that classes are small enough that each child can get individual attention. But Mayor Bloomberg disagrees, and since 2007 New York City class sizes keep getting bigger and bigger."