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Bronx Parent Newsletter - Feb. 2, 2017

Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

We want to thank the parents, grandparents and education activists who contacted their senators and spoke out on social media to register their opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary. Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — announced today that they would not support DeVos' nomination when it comes to a full vote before the Senate. Just one more Republican senator is needed to halt DeVos' confirmation. Senators Collins and Murkowski both noted that their decisions were influenced by the thousands of phone calls they received from constituents. Help put pressure on Republican senators who may be on the fence »

DeVos has spent her life and vast fortune trying to turn public education into a private marketplace. If she becomes U.S. education secretary, students with disabilities will suffer the most. Watch and share this short video about why DeVos is a danger to special education »

Check out the upcoming events and news you can use below.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Cruz
UFT Parent-Community Liaison


Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Feb. 4: The Westchester Square Library invites young readers to a Harry Potter book night event focused on the professors of Hogwarts, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The library is located at 2521 Glebe Ave. in the Bronx. This is just one of many free events the library will host every day throughout February. See the event listing » and see the library's full calendar »
  • Friday, Feb. 10: The Mott Haven Library invites families of children between the ages of 3 and 8 to free Playaway Launchpad playtime at 3:30 p.m. The Playaway Launchpad is a pre-loaded learning tablet that encourages early literacy. Playtime will be held throughout February and March on some Fridays and Saturdays. The library is located at 321 E. 140th St. in the Bronx. For more information, see the flier »
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15: The Westchester Square Library will host a puppet-making workshop for teens and tweens at 3:30 p.m. All materials will be provided for this free, hands-on workshop. The library is located at 2521 Glebe Ave. in the Bronx. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15: Bronxworks Betances Community Center invites high school students to a free college admissions workshop at 6:30 p.m. The community center is located at 547 E. 146th St. in the Bronx. Learn how to research schools, fill out applications, search for scholarships and more. See the flier »
  • Thursday, Feb. 16: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. invites you to a Dominican Heritage Month celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 120 E. 149th St. in the Bronx. See the flier »
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 25: There will be a free ACT practice test on Feb. 18 and a free SAT practice test on Feb. 25 at the Westchester Square Library, 2521 Glebe Ave. in the Bronx. Both tests will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, call 718-863-0436. See the flier »
  • Friday, March 31: Save the date for a UFT college fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2500 Halsey St. in the Bronx. This free event will feature representatives from the admissions offices of local colleges. We'll give you more details soon.

News you can use

  • Latino U College Access is hiring a program coordinator: Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that helps low-income, first-generation Latino students go to college, is seeking a program coordinator with a bachelor's degree, a year of work experience and passion for educational equity. See the job listing »
  • Run for an education council seat: Parents are invited to run for one of 325 seats available on Community Education Councils across the city and Citywide Education Councils. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. Applications may be submitted starting Feb. 9. Find out more »
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