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Testimony | June 12, 2012 >>

Carmen Alvarez, UFT vice president for Special Education, testified before the New York City Council Education Committee.

Around the UFT | May 24, 2012 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew visited the staff of PS 41 on Staten Island on May 2. Mulgrew discussed topics ranging from next year’s mayoral election and the guidelines the Department of Education recently announced about social media to special education reform and the teacher evaluations negotiations.

News stories | May 10, 2012 >>

At the April 18 Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned the delegates to brace themselves for the mayor’s attempt to continue his “educational reform” policies beyond his third term.

Around the UFT | May 10, 2012 >>

For the second year in a row, students and staff at PS 396 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn participated in World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Chapter news | April 26, 2012 >>

What a year! SESIS Encounter and Medicaid have taken much of my time and energy this year. In this newsletter you will see what steps the UFT has taken on your behalf to deal with the SESIS mess.

Vperspective | April 5, 2012 >>

The Department of Education is rolling out its special education reform to all 1,700 city schools next year. The expectation is that nearly all incoming elementary, middle school and high school students with disabilities will attend the same school they would attend if they didn’t have Individualized Education Programs.

Testimony | March 27, 2012 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education.

News stories | March 8, 2012 >>

Testifying at a City Council hearing, UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 1 took the Department of Education to task for its failure to claim more than $500 million in Medicaid reimbursements for services provided to students with special needs each year.

Know your rights | March 8, 2012 >>

According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, students with disabilities are four times more likely to be suspended than students without disabilities. Yet members consistently report that they have been told that students with disabilities can’t be disciplined. So does the Discipline Code apply to students with disabilities?

Testimony | March 1, 2012 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance on the DOE's failure to claim hundreds of millions in federal dollars for special education services.

National education and labor news | February 23, 2012 >>

Back in 2000, disability rights groups challenged the Milwaukee Public Schools and the state’s Department of Public Instruction over how they find and serve children with special needs. The advocates won in every lower court. On Feb. 3, a federal appeals court panel ruled for the school district, saying former students with special needs could not legally be considered a class, meaning that any suit had to represent discrete individuals.

News stories | February 2, 2012 >>

Ten years into Bloomberg’s education reforms, the New York City school system has come full circle and is now shutting down new high schools at the same rate as old ones. High schools established by Bloomberg represent about 40 percent of all existing high schools and 38 percent of the high schools on the closing list.

Editorials | February 2, 2012 >>

It should come as no surprise that a January audit by New York City Comptroller John Liu determined that the city failed to provide individual special education services to many of the students who qualified for such help during the 2009-10 school year.

Around the UFT | February 2, 2012 >>

Just hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at the UFT during his State of the City address on Jan. 12, UFT President Michael Mulgrew held a Meet the President event with District 10 members.

Around the UFT | January 19, 2012 >>

Paperwork, SESIS compliance, testing and more testing — all the things that take time away from instruction — were a prevalent theme at the Meet the President event for members from Districts 27 and 28, held at the UFT’s Queens borough office on Dec. 13.

News stories | December 22, 2011 >>

Giving a performance — including songs, funny routines and whacky props — “is a gift that is always the right size, always the right color, never has to be returned and stays as a memory forever,” said teacher and impressario extraordinaire Dina Marks, who runs the annual holiday concert performed by special education students at PS 63 in Ozone Park.

Vperspective | December 22, 2011 >>

Our strong alliance with parents, advocates, disability groups and professional organizations was on display this fall as we together fought another series of cost-containment proposals for special education made by the State Education Department.

Around the UFT | December 22, 2011 >>

Some schools are lucky to get one visit from Santa’s helpers. East Harlem’s PS 811, the Mickey Mantle School, housed in PS 101, got two, and both on Dec. 7.

Around the UFT | December 22, 2011 >>

At an early-morning visit to PS 197 and IS 381 — two schools that share a building in Midwood, Brooklyn — on Dec. 6, UFT President Michael Mulgrew revealed to educators that a new education funding increase was being discussed in Albany.

News stories | December 22, 2011 >>

The Department of Education has failed to provide the equipment, time, training and support that UFT members need to do work involving the Special Education Student Information System. The union is doing everything it can to force the DOE to come up with a sound and reasonable plan.

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