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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - Feb. 8, 2017

Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

The U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos today as education secretary, approving her only with the help of a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. No other Cabinet nominee has generated such an outcry from the public. In her Senate confirmation hearing, DeVos demonstrated her lack of knowledge and utter disdain for public schools. To stay informed and engaged in the fight ahead to protect our public schools, join our #PublicSchoolProud campaign »

Join the UFT, parents and community activists at the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 18. Buses will depart from New York City at 6 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. There will be workshops about immigration, funding, civil rights, transparency and more. Let’s remind our state legislators that public schools matter! Download the flier » and reserve your seat on the bus »

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

Sincerely,

Anthony Harmon
UFT Director of Parent and Community Outreach


Upcoming events

  • Monday, Feb. 13: You’re invited to a free screening of 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay which explores the nation’s history of racial inequality through the lens of the criminal justice system. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment of the constitution. The screening, which will be followed by a discussion, is part of the UFT’s Black History film series. The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at union headquarters at 52 Broadway. Register online now »
  • Monday, Feb. 13: Come to a workshop about making friends for parents and caregivers of people with autism from 10 a.m. to noon at the New York University Child Study Center at 1 Park Ave. To RSVP, email familyconnect@ucpnyc.orgSee the flier in English and Spanish »

    There will be another workshop for parents of people with autism on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It will be about using social stories and visual supports to support children with autism spectrum disorders. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. See the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Wednesday, April 12: The STARS Citywide Girls Initiative invites young women to its 3rd Annual Girls Leadership Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the High School of Fashion Industries, 225 W. 24th St. in Manhattan. There will be inspiring speakers, workshops about identity and empowerment, a college fair and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register online now »

News you can use

  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade scholarships: Every year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. awards $2,000 scholarships to 100 Puerto Rican high school seniors who are getting ready to attend college. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 20Download the application »
  • Run for an education council: The city government invites parents to run for one of 325 seats available on Community Education Councils and Citywide Education Councils across the city. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. You may submit an application starting on Feb. 9. Find out more »
  • DOE is accepting pre-K applications: Parents can apply for a pre-K spot for their child for the 2017-18 school year until Feb. 24. To learn more and apply, visit the admissions website »
  • A newspaper for kids: If you want to help your child follow the news, but he or she has trouble reading adult newspapers, check out Time for kids »
  • Apply for a paid community development fellowship: Neighborhood 360° is a full-time, paid fellowship that pairs community-based organizations with community developers and organizers to complete a revitalization project. The program runs from June 2017 to March 2018 and includes a $33,000 stipend. The application deadline is March 12See the flier »
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