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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.
Know your rights | November 2, 2017 >>
Here are some important things to know if you work with students with disabilities.
Learning curve | October 5, 2017 >>
The ASD Nest model is designed to “nest” children with autism in fully inclusive classrooms.
Chapter news | October 3, 2017 >>
The DOE advised us that SESIS payments for OT/PTs will be issued as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 6. But the DOE just informed us that it is being done as a supplementary payment, which is why you do not yet see it in the payroll portal.
News | September 28, 2017 >>
UFT-represented employees who averaged more than five minutes per week of SESIS use between January 2013 and June 2016 will receive payment for their work in SESIS on the Sept. 29 payroll (for in-service employees on the Q bank) or the Oct. 6 payroll (for in-service employees on the H bank). Retirees will receive their check via a supplementary payoll.
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.
Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Bright blue glow-sticks lit up the evening sky as 800 students, parents and community members circled the PS/MS 124 track in South Ozone Park, Queens at the Light It Up Blue Autism Walk on April 28.
What I do | June 1, 2017 >>
Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.
Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>
Nine students were honored alongside the educators who had helped them become successful at the Queens District 75 Public School Proud celebration on April 27.