Know Your Rights

As a UFT-represented employee of the Department of Education, you have the right to professional and fair treatment and to working conditions that help make a tough job more doable. Your rights are the product of 50-plus years of negotiations between the UFT, the Department of Education and the City of New York. It’s important to become familiar with your rights and use them — otherwise, the contract is just words on paper. Below is an alphabetical list of some of your rights, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. Click on the topic to view an easy-to-follow explanation of that right with links to the pertinent contract article in the UFT-DOE teachers’ contract, when appropriate.

If you have a question or need help, do not hesitate to ask your UFT chapter leader or call your UFT borough office, where there are experts on different topics to advise you.



class size

disciplinary charges



health benefits

injured on the job

leaves of absence

letter in the file

observation & evaluation

per session

professional activities

program preferences


school-based option


teaching help




transit programs

shortage areas

environmental health

school safety


school-based positions


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