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struggling schools

News stories | May 2, 2019 >>

Boys and Girls HS has turned the corner. The once-troubled Brooklyn school has been taken out of state receivership – a designation for long struggling schools – and out of the city Board of Education’s Renewal Schools program, and it marked the milestone with a celebration in the school gym.

Editorials | April 4, 2019 >>

The story of how Long Island City HS turned around bodes well for the Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan, a new program to support schools facing the greatest challenges.

Feature stories | April 4, 2019 >>

The turnaround at Long Island City HS was the result of a set of strategies that included smaller class sizes and more individualized attention. But collaboration — between administrators and staff and among the teachers themselves — was the linchpin.

News stories | March 7, 2019 >>

Fifty schools in the Bronx, East New York, Brownsville and Far Rockaway will join the Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan, an initiative that empowers educators at these schools to drive school improvement.

Chapter leader shoutout | March 7, 2019 >>

When teacher Jeanette Acevedo arrived at Automotive HS in Brooklyn in September 2015, she was amazed to discover there was no chapter leader and “everyone was afraid.” “I wasn’t afraid,” she declared, “so I ran for chapter leader and won unanimously. What a year that was.” 

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

The Bronx plan in the proposed DOE-UFT contract to help schools that face the most challenges will be open to up to 120 schools, not just in the Bronx. These schools will receive additional funds and strategic support to better address the needs of their students.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

There is strength in organizing. One Queens community proved that on March 1, when the Panel for Educational Policy rejected the Department of Education’s plan to shut two Far Rockaway schools.

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

Brooklyn Collegiate was pronounced “dead” in early January as one of 14 low-performing schools the Department of Education said it would close this coming June. But the Brooklyn Collegiate community, with the support of the UFT, joined together and convinced the DOE to give the Brownsville high school another chance — at least for another year. 

Press releases | December 18, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the selection process to replace the staff in schools that are closing.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

New York State will no longer measure a school’s success solely on tests scores and graduation rates. Under a new State Education Department plan, multiple measures including student growth will be factored into the school evaluation process.

Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>

Single Shepherd program making a big difference for middle-school students at PS/MS 31 in the Bronx.

Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>

Teacher leaders from the city’s 96 renewal schools gathered on March 13 to showcase what they do and to learn from each other at a busy day of workshops organized by the UFT Teacher Center in collaboration with the DOE.

Around the UFT | February 2, 2017 >>

A ceramics workshop for parents is one way that PS 154 is trying to strengthen the connection of parents to this South Bronx school.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT sharply criticized state regulations that left the Department of Education little choice but to re-staff six schools that have been deemed “out of time” by the state because they failed to substantively improve after three or more years of intensive support.

Union resolutions | March 23, 2016 >>

The UFT strongly opposes receivership and will vigorously challenge attacks on due process, collective bargaining and other fair labor practices that are a consequence of receivership.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx opened in 2006, one of six small high schools that opened when the Bloomberg administration closed William Howard Taft HS. Nine years later, this arts-oriented high school is now facing the threat of state receivership. 
The common denominator between the old school and the new is the kind of students it serves.

Testimony | November 23, 2015 >>

UFT Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell testified before the City Council Committee on Education regarding efforts to help struggling schools.

Editorials | November 5, 2015 >>

Anyone who believes that closing schools or firing teachers will solve the problem is not serious about finding a solution. As Janella Hinds, the UFT vice president for academic high schools recently testified at a hearing in Albany, “Receivership dances around the root of the problem."

Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>

Karen Miller knows what to do when one of her 22 kindergarten students at PS 15 on the Lower East Side comes in sleepy. “I let the child take a nap,” she says. A hungry child can grab a “Breakfast to Go” bag from the cafeteria if he arrives late.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

At a public hearing in Albany on the state’s new receivership plan for struggling schools, UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds declared the UFT’s firm opposition, calling it a “heavy-handed action” that does nothing to improve the quality of instruction and support for children facing the greatest challenges.

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