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school safety

Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 >>

Twenty-two Bronx school safety workers were recognized for their service at the Bronx UFT Borough Office’s sixth annual School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner on June 1.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Responding to the UFT’s sharp criticism, the Department of Education has retreated from its pledge to ban all suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Press releases | October 31, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to a DOE report showing that student suspensions have declined in the past five years.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT sharply criticized the Department of Education for announcing a ban on suspensions of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade without having a clear citywide plan to address the needs of young students with behavioral problems.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The DOE announced on Aug. 2 that only four New York City public schools appeared on the state’s 2016 list of Persistently Dangerous Schools.


Testimony | August 8, 2016 >>

UFT Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell testified before the New York City Department of Education regarding roposed revisions to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Thirty 5th-grade students at PS 114 in Brooklyn had the ride of their lives on June 2 when a professional camera crew filmed a bicycle safety video they created.

Editorials | May 5, 2016 >>

The idea of students bringing guns to school sets off alarm bells. But how about allowing educators to bring them?

Know your benefits | April 7, 2016 >>

Did you know that there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes? 
It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.

News | March 24, 2016 >>

The Department of Education partners with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to test the water in DOE school buildings. In every NYC public school built before the 1986 ban on lead in construction, the water has been tested for lead.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

An online survey conducted during the January Delegate Assembly confirmed the difficulties with school safety and discipline that educators are facing.

Around the UFT | July 10, 2015 >>

Roughly 250 Bronx education and public safety workers — including school safety agents, police officers, teachers, principals and other school administrators and staff — and their friends and families turned out for the fourth annual School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner on June 9 at the UFT’s Bronx borough office.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

With grand larceny in schools up 15 percent in the 2013-14 school year over the previous year, UFT and NYPD School Safety officials are asking school staffers to take some simple preventive measures to protect their personal property.

Testimony | June 12, 2014 >>

UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified that placing alarms on the exit doors of all elementary schools and all buildings that house District 75 programs, as Int. 0131 calls for, may help in alerting school staff once a child has left the building. But that should just be one piece of an overall plan to protect children who have a tendency to run.

News stories | February 6, 2014 >>

David Kazansky, the UFT Director for Safety and Health, said the Jan. 2 accident at Beacon HS occurred because of “a systemic failure” of the DOE, which has not staffed secondary schools with laboratory specialists.

Union resolutions | January 15, 2014 >>

The UFT calls on the DOE to immediately use all lab specialists now in excess and to hire more lab specialists in order that every secondary school in the city has a lab specialist. It also calls on the DOE to ensure that all science teachers and other relevant staff receive lab-safety training.

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

“It takes a village to raise a child and school safety agents are the first part of that village,” said UFT Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas at a ceremony to honor 28 school safety agents, officers and supervisors at the union’s borough office.

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

For doing an exemplary job, for their professionalism and for being role models when it comes to grace under pressure, 15 Staten Island school safety agents and supervisors were recognized by the UFT.

Insight | June 13, 2013 >>

A strong school community is an essential foundation for learning. Communities create commitment, teach manners and rules, and offer understanding and second chances, so the people in them can live with each other and thrive.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

“Schools need more alternatives to suspending students,” UFT Director of School Safety David Kazansky said at a public hearing on proposed changes to the citywide discipline code.

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