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News stories | December 19, 2013 >>
The DOE will be paying nearly $4 million to 12,465 UFT members in their Nov. 30 paychecks in the second round of payments to compensate them for the hundreds of hours beyond the normal school day they spent logging data onto the Special Education Student Information System.
News stories | September 5, 2013 >>
Members should not work on the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) outside their workday without written permission from their supervisors. Members should ask their supervisors in writing when they are expected to complete SESIS-related work.
News | August 14, 2013 >>
On July 22, 2013, Comptroller John Liu released an Audit Report on the Department of Education's Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). The data collected during the audit and audit findings strongly validate the systemic nature of the problems and concerns with this dysfunctional program.
Letters | May 30, 2013 >>
SESIS reimbursement is a victory for the UFT, but the DOE's entire SESIS endeavor leaves a bitter taste.
Letters | May 16, 2013 >>
I would like to thank Vice President Carmen Alvarez, Michael Mulgrew and my chapter chairperson, Vanessa Pressley, for giving us the tools — like Carmen Alvarez’s article in the New York Teacher, “The Time Is Now” [May 2] — and the guidance to fight back and win the SESIS debacle.
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.
Q & A on the issues | May 2, 2013 >>
The UFT created the following Q&A to answer questions that SESIS users may have about the DOE's payment in April for time spent during SESIS work after school hours.
News stories | April 11, 2013 >>
Thanks to the UFT’s victory in arbitration, more than 31,000 members should be receiving back pay in April for the Special Education Student Information System work that they did after work hours between September 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012.
News stories | April 11, 2013 >>
The UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly on March 20 to support the 60-member UFT Task Force on School Governance’s recommendations to scale back mayoral control of the school system. “We are telling the city what parents already know: what we have doesn’t work,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.
Q & A on the issues | March 21, 2013 >>
These questions and answers were created to address issues arising from this next chapter of the SESIS fight.
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.
Around the UFT | March 21, 2013 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Districts 3 and 4 members who turned out for a Meet the President gathering at an East Harlem restaurant on March 13, “We want the best education system in the country.”
New teacher diaries | February 14, 2013 >>
Everyone’s talking about the breakdown in the teacher evaluation talks between the mayor and the union as if it were the only chance to fix public education in New York City. Do we need an evaluation system? Absolutely. Is it a cure-all for our educational ills? Absolutely not.
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.
What I do | January 17, 2013 >>
Working in the city’s public schools as a speech therapist for 29 years, Robinson has spent the last eight at PS 92 in Harlem.
Vperspective | January 17, 2013 >>
The SESIS arbitration decision and award is a great victory and a much-needed boost in a very difficult year. But while the union took the grievance to arbitration, it was you, the members, who made it a success.
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.
Teacher to teacher | December 6, 2012 >>
With the special education reform in full swing, many of us teachers — especially general education teachers — will find ourselves teaching students with disabilities and possibly collaborating with special education teachers.
Around the UFT | November 1, 2012 >>
Voicing their questions and concerns, and eager for updates regarding union activities on the education and political fronts, members of the UFT’s chapters for social workers and psychologists, for guidance counselors and for speech improvement teachers met with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 22.