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Dorothy Callaci

UFT staff reporter

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Student growth part of accountability plan

New York State will no longer measure a school’s success solely on tests scores and graduation rates. Under a new State Education Department plan, multiple measures including student growth will be factored into the school evaluation process.


No recess ‘until teachers are respected’

This was a Spring Education Conference that was all about a new militancy and an urgency to mobilize nationally to defend public education.

Bike-powered blenders,makeup and high tech on display

The wonder of the vast and busy exhibit hall at the Spring Education Conference was a student pedaling a bicycle at top speed that activated a blender mounted on the back to puree a raspberry smoothie.

Town hall focuses on national threats

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Texas American Federation of Teachers President Louis Malfaro at the morning town hall brought a national perspective to the threats facing public education and the labor movement.

Staten Island hospital nurses OK 2-year agreement

Nurses at Staten Island University Hospital, negotiating for the first time against a powerful hospital corporation, won a two-year contract that raises wages by 6 percent, improves the patient-nurse staffing ratio and maintains benefits.

Sharing responsibility

PROSE schools must have a track record of collaboration among administration and faculty. But a number of PROSE schools went a step further by launching a shared-leadership initiative, in which faculty members participate fully in the school’s decision-making processes.

Together, but unequal

The disparity betwee the student population of public schools and the students in charters has propelled the UFT to fight for charter equity legislation in Albany that requires taxpayer-funded charters to accept and keep comparable numbers of high-needs students as district public schools.

The haves and the have-nots

In roughly 200 New York City school buildings, public schools have been forced to share quarters with charter schools. That arrangement has given many public school educators a front-row seat to witness the glaring inequities

Why did the pre-K students cross the road?

Once a week, four PS 147 pre-K classes cross the street to Brooklyn’s Bushwick Public Library for story hour and a different way to focus on literacy.


Squeezed out

“Charter advocates spin the tale that you can shoehorn charter schools into public school buildings without any repercussions for the children and staff already in those buildings,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “It’s far from the truth.”

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