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News stories | June 26, 2014 >>
In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.
Testimony on a bill to mandate door alarms on all exit doors in all elementary schools and buildings with District 75 programs
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.
New teacher profiles | June 5, 2014 >>
Karen Lew, a second-year social studies teacher at IS 125 in Woodside, has created a hands-on curriculum that meets the needs of her self-contained classes.
Vperspective | May 15, 2014 >>
In this column, Vice President for Education Carmen Alvarez share her thoughts on how the chancellor’s vision can be operationalized in the realm of special education.
Union resolutions | April 9, 2014 >>
The UFT calls upon the New York State Department of Education to ensure that the NYSAA is revised so that it better accounts for the cognitive and functional level of students and ensure that the challenges of the NYSAA assessment do not unfairly penalize teachers through the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) process.
Around the UFT | January 16, 2014 >>
Students at PS 123 in Brooklyn were not happy about the conditions in the basement of their 100-year-old building, where they spend their recess and lunch time.
News stories | January 16, 2014 >>
Special education teachers have raised alarms about changes this year to the alternate assessment.One big concern is that the test, administered in stages throughout the year, can eat up more than 100 hours of class time.
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 | November 14, 2013 >>
The UFT has called on the DOE to fix its flawed special education reform. Union officials say the reform has failed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special needs and has resulted in many students with disabilities not receiving the resources or services outlined in their IEPs.
Vperspective | November 14, 2013 >>
With the encouragement and full support of President Mulgrew, I approached the Department of Education and Cornell University with a proposal to create a consortium to provide schools with a systemic and research-based approach to understanding, assessing and supporting positive student behavior.
What I do | November 14, 2013 >>
Danielle O’Connell has been a Hearing Education Services teacher for eight years, the last seven in a self-contained classroom of 12 children in grades 3-5 at P4 at PS 109 in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Feature stories | November 14, 2013 >>
It could be a scene from any one of countless neighborhood delis or lunch counters across the city, but the employees here are 12 students in the culinary arts program located at PS 177 in Fresh Meadows, Queens, a K-12 school in District 75 for special-needs students.
Testimony | October 25, 2013 >>
UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Education Committee about the DOE's special education reform.
Chapter news | October 22, 2013 >>
Chapter news | October 22, 2013 >>
This DOE memo gives the deadline and procedures for teachers in shortage license areas to apply for compensation.
Chapter news | October 21, 2013 >>
Minutes of the Sept. 25, 2013 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education
News stories | October 17, 2013 >>
Robert D’Alessio, a special education teacher at the Abraham Lincoln School in Brooklyn, showed how teachers can advocate for themselves to help create the conditions where the greatest amount of student learning can occur.
New teacher diaries | September 26, 2013 >>
I had planned every minute of my first day back at school in September, but I hadn't factored in collaboration.
News briefs | September 5, 2013 >>
New filings in a major special education lawsuit allege that New Orleans schools have ongoing problems in meeting the educational needs of students with disabilities. The filings this summer come nearly three years after the suit was initially filed by students’ families and almost eight years into a nationally unprecedented decentralization of the city’s school 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.