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Dorothy Callaci

UFT staff reporter

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Realizing their dreams

The UFT presented $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships to 180 seniors from public high schools throughout the city and also honored eight graduate students on May 14 at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at union headquarters in Manhattan. The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the annual $1 million scholarship awards celebration.

Red-letter day at Spanish Spelling Bee

Ten proud “ganadores,” or winners, took their bows on May 21 at the fourth annual District 3 Spanish Spelling Bee, hosted by PS 87 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, that featured spellers from all seven dual language schools in the district.

Balancing act

Students at Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School have succeeded in striking a balance between the challenge of high academic standards and success in the performing arts.


Same journey, different map

United by a bright blue ribbon that extended the length of their lineup, students from PS 372 @ M 113 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, circled their school block during their second annual Autism Awareness Parade on April 30.

Kudos to Lillian Palladino, Susan E. Wagner HS on Staten Island

Susan E. Wagner HS Chapter Leader Lillian Palladino credits the union-negotiated process for tackling excessive paperwork for resolving an issue at her Staten Island school and for “unifying staff, revitalizing morale and bridging the gap with administration.”

Protecting yourself from measles

A national measles outbreak, including more than 400 cases in New York City, has generated concern. This Q&A from the New York City Department of Health answers some of the most common questions.

Come to the Spring Conference

Registration has begun for the Spring Education Conference, the union’s hallmark education event of the school year, which will be held at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, May 18.

Say goodbye to SESIS

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

Kudos to Jeanette Acevedo, Automotive HS, Brooklyn

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.” 


Fresh from the farm

Vital Brooklyn, a collaboration between the UFT, the state Department of Agriculture and Grow New York City, aims to promote healthy and affordable eating through fresh produce markets at schools in central Brooklyn that are in some of the state's most disadvantaged communities.

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