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News stories | March 7, 2019 >>
After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.
Editorials | March 7, 2019 >>
It’s not right to dance on a grave, but with SESIS we’ll make an exception.
Testimony submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding special education services
Testimony | February 25, 2019 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew submitted this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding special education services and Res. No. 0749-2019 Establishing a Special Education Czar, Int. No. 1406-2019 Mandating Reporting on Preschool Special Education Services, Int. No. 1380-2019 Mandating Reporting on Response to Parent Request for Private Tutoring and Private School Tuition Payments, Int. No. 0900-2018 Mandating Tri-annual Reporting on Special Education Services and Int. No. 0559-2018 Mandating School-level Data on Student IEP Compliance.<
News | December 7, 2018 >>
In December 2018, the DOE announced that students with verified accessibility needs will receive priority in admissions at fully or partially accessible buildings.
Vperspective | December 6, 2018 >>
Let me introduce myself. I’m MaryJo Ginese, the union’s new vice president for special education.
Learning curve | December 6, 2018 >>
Researchers estimate that dyslexia affects between 5 and 12 percent of the U.S. population — and as many as 80 percent of students who struggle with reading.
News stories | December 6, 2018 >>
When UFT President Michael Mulgrew introduced Carmen Alvarez, the winner of the Charles Cogen Award at Teacher Union Day, he praised her passion for advocating for special needs children during her 28 years as the UFT vice president for special education.
Teacher to teacher | November 1, 2018 >>
Structured teaching, an intervention for students with special needs, includes the physical organization of the classroom, individualized schedules, work/activity systems and visual organization of materials. There are elements of structured teaching from which all students — not just those with special needs — can benefit.
Know your rights | November 1, 2018 >>
Here are some important things to know about IEPs, IEP team decisions, teacher assignments, ICT classes and self-contained classes if you work with students with disabilities.
News stories | October 4, 2018 >>
Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990.
There’s a new mural outside 751M in the East Village that staff members say captures the diversity, individuality and love of the nearly 60 students who created it.
An array of projects by speech teachers and their students earned a place in the spotlight at the union's 12th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration.
High school students at P 373, a District 75 school at the Brooklyn Transition Center, brought the house down on May 15 with an original performance chronicling the beginning of the Temptations singing group and the history of Motown music from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson.
News | June 1, 2018 >>
Co-teachers in integrated co-teaching classes and English as a new language teachers who provide standalone and/or integrated instruction have the right to file reorganization grievances if they are programmed to have an unreasonable number of class preparations or multiple different rooms in which they teach. Reorganization grievances must be filed within two days of receiving the program through the chapter leader.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.
What I do | May 3, 2018 >>
Adaptive physical education teachers help improve students’ locomotor skills, object control skills, perceptual motor function and physical fitness in a setting that focuses on differentiating instruction so it is developmentally and socially appropriate. Adaptive phys ed must be on a student’s IEP.
National education and labor news | February 1, 2018 >>
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Jan. 11 that the Texas Education Agency ran afoul of federal law by failing to provide adequate special education services in the state’s public schools.
Vperspective | February 1, 2018 >>
With this new non-test-based diploma option, there are now five safety-net local diploma options for students with disabilities. There is reason for both excitement and concern.
Teacher to teacher | December 7, 2017 >>
When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.