Cara Metz

Senior reporter

Latest stories

Hats off to Queens school

Hold on to your hats! Students at PS 55 in Queens designed creative head coverings and held a hat parade to raise more than $600 for Heavenly Hats, an organization that helps cancer patients by providing them with wigs, scarves, hats and other head gear.

Honoring commitment and public school pride

Teacher Union Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, Nov. 5, commemorates the 1960 strike that put the newly formed UFT on the path to being the activist organization it is today.

Building collaborative schools in Brooklyn

In a first of its kind event, cooperation between educators and administrators in Brooklyn’s District 21 was showcased as a best practice at a Celebration of Collaboration on June 2.

‘The best-kept secret’

High school students are sent to Brooklyn East Alternate Learning Center for instruction after they have committed an infraction that results in an out-of-school suspension. The school is serious about meeting their academic and social-emotional needs.

Silence is golden

Meditation program reaping benefits for students and staff at Bronx HS for Law and Community Service.

On the waterfront

When students at the District 20 pre-K site at 58th Street in Brooklyn study transportation, they can look out of their classroom windows and watch the ferries, water taxis and barges make their way past the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor.

Moral Mondays leader to receive Dewey Award

Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP and the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, will receive the UFT’s most prestigious award at the union’s Spring Education Conference on May 13.

Religious allies urged to keep fighting

Faith and community leaders joined UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the union’s seventh annual faith-based breakfast for a discussion of the value of public education and how to protect it in the face of efforts to privatize education

DOE agrees to new departmentalization terms and conditions

To settle a union-initiated grievance filed last spring, the city Department of Education on March 21 agreed to fair and consistent procedures for elementary schools that wish to departmentalize subject areas.

Building bridges, not walls

After an election in which Donald Trump made building a wall to keep out immigrants a major theme of his campaign, educators at Brooklyn International HS embarked on a student art project to help turn their immigrant students’ fear and sadness into something hopeful that could reach others.

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