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Topics in the News:
News | September 11, 2017 >>
The following FAQ answers the most common questions that UFT members have about the $33 million being paid to members for SESIS work as a result of the settlement of a union arbitration.
News stories | September 7, 2017 >>
The Department of Education will pay out $33 million in compensation this fall to 37,000 UFT members who had to put up with the headaches and frustration of logging data about students with disabilities into the Special Education Student Information System because of the DOE’s failure to address the digital tracking system’s flaws.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The UFT and the DOE on Nov. 18 signed an agreement that addresses the challenging working conditions that speech teachers have faced when documenting their work with children with speech and language delays in the SESIS system.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.
Q&A on the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOE and the UFT on Medicaid reimbursement for speech and language services
Q & A on the issues | November 14, 2016 >>
See questions and answers on the Nov. 18, 2016 memorandum of agreement between the DOE and the UFT on SESIS issues and Medicaid reimbursement for speech and language services.
News stories | November 3, 2016 >>
At the UFT’s prodding, the city and the Department of Education have finally moved to upgrade the troubled SESIS system to stem both the ongoing loss of over $300 million a year in Medicaid reimbursement for student services and to address the thousands of UFT member complaints that have poured in since the system was launched five years ago.
Chapter news | November 25, 2014 >>
We are writing to share important information about changes in the way you will add and remove students from your caseloads and record your "first attend" dates.
Chapter news | September 18, 2014 >>
The UFT identified a number of ways to reduce the time spent on SESIS. The union also pressed for standards in the area of progress reports and questioned the need for members to provide a variety of other information that is already available in SESIS.
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.
Comments | May 30, 2013 >>
SESIS reimbursement is a victory for the UFT, but the DOE's entire SESIS endeavor leaves a bitter taste.
Comments | 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.
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.