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National education and labor news | May 24, 2012 >>
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a Republican-supported bill forcing school boards to use teacher performance along with seniority in layoff decisions. Dayton slammed the bill as one more legislative session initiative that was “anti-public schools, anti-public school teachers, or anti-collective-bargaining rights.”
News stories | May 10, 2012 >>

The number of teachers working in the Absent Teacher Reserve without a permanent position is at its lowest point in several years, according to new data from the Department of Education.

Comments | April 19, 2012 >>

We have almost reached the finish line and all our families and friends are cheering us on that we finish the year in good health! Many ATRs are restricted from teaching their speciality, but they do the best they can under the circumstances.

News stories | April 19, 2012 >>

After waiting for nearly two years, the UFT on April 3 filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to compel the city Department of Education to release documents first requested by the union under the state’s Freedom of Information Law in May 2010.

Editorials | April 19, 2012 >>

Mayor Bloomberg was more than happy to comply with news media requests for the public release of Teacher Data Reports. So what if the release unfairly stigmatized and humiliated educators, demoralized school communities and needlessly alarmed parents? At least the mayor could insist that the integrity of his effort to maintain transparency in government was intact. 

Around the UFT | April 19, 2012 >>

Probationary teachers filled the meeting room at the UFT Staten Island borough office on March 20 for the seminar “Developing a Teacher Portfolio,” to get information about the new tenure framework.

Insight | April 5, 2012 >>

After five rounds of budget cuts and a reduction in force of more than 5,000 teachers over the last three years, class sizes may have reached a tipping point. Teachers surveyed by the UFT last fall said their classes were so packed that students were suffering.

News stories | March 22, 2012 >>

The UFT on March 5 issued a subpoena and deposition notices to compel former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and 11 other Department of Education officials to testify about the DOE’s failure to live up to its promise to provide resources and support to the threatened schools.

News stories | March 22, 2012 >>

The UFT asked the Public Employment Relations Board on March 6 to compel the Department of Education to negotiate in good faith after the DOE refused to return to the bargaining table to develop a teacher evaluation system for 33 restart and transformation schools.

Comments | March 8, 2012 >>

Lisa Capece scored an enormous victory against the bullying, harassing and intimidation practices performed by Diane Gordin, the principal of PS 1 in Staten Island. I taught in New York City for more than 35 years, more than 20 of those at PS 1. My last year there, 2003-2004, Gordin became my assistant principal with Terri Rosenberg as principal.

News stories | March 8, 2012 >>

Teachers reacted with dismay and anger when they returned to school on Monday, Feb. 27, after the release of deeply flawed Teacher Data Reports that ranked them against their colleagues based on student test scores.

Editorials | March 8, 2012 >>

Anyone wondering why teachers need a fair appeals process when their livelihoods are threatened should consider the case of Lisa Capece, an untenured teacher on Staten Island whose principal unfairly terminated her four years ago. The injustice was so blatant that a state judge ordered the city Department of Education to rehire her with full back pay, interest, tenure and seniority.

News stories | March 8, 2012 >>

A state judge ruled on Feb. 10 that an untenured Staten Island teacher was unfairly fired in 2008 after becoming the target of the principal’s “abuse, harassment, discrimination and disciplinary actions” within days of becoming the school’s chapter leader. The Department of Education was ordered to rehire Lisa Capece with full back pay, interest, tenure and seniority.

National education and labor news | March 8, 2012 >>

Teachers unions in Connecticut have locked horns with Gov. Daniel P. Malloy, a Democrat, over his sweeping proposals to overhaul education, particularly the provisions that deal with tenure and certification

Around the UFT | March 8, 2012 >>

Teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool are participating February and March in professional development sessions sponsored by the UFT Teacher Center in partnership with the city’s Department of Education. The educators are being released from work to attend the all-day training sessions.

Editorial cartoons | January 19, 2012 >>

State Test: Day 3

News stories | December 22, 2011 >>

The UFT scored a big victory for paraprofessionals throughout the city on Dec. 13 when an arbitrator ruled that paraprofessionals, like other pedagogues working at schools and school-based programs including LYFE and hospital schools, do not have to punch in and out on a time clock.

Editorial cartoons | December 22, 2011 >>

“I want to welcome all 70 of you to my class. The bad news is half of your teachers have been fired — but I did get a raise!”

Editorials | December 22, 2011 >>

Most people have the capacity to learn from their mistakes, but there are some who will never get it. Consider, for example, Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks in a Nov. 29 speech at MIT where he claimed the New York City school system would be better off if he could lay off half the teacher workforce, pay the remaining teachers more, and double class sizes.

News stories | December 22, 2011 >>

The Department of Education has failed to provide the equipment, time, training and support that UFT members need to do work involving the Special Education Student Information System. The union is doing everything it can to force the DOE to come up with a sound and reasonable plan.

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