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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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‘We can afford to do better’

Some 18,000 teachers in the Clark County School District in Nevada have vowed to strike if the state doesn’t come through with funding to pay for salary increases without cuts to the classroom.

A visionary

Nicole Feliciano, a teacher and chapter leader at West Preparatory Academy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, 
is the recipient of a 2019 Big Apple Award for helping students get much-needed eye exams and prescription eyeglasses.


Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration

Thirty-two student projects were honored May 30 at the 13th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration at UFT headquarters in Manhattan, where about 200 students, parents and speech and hearing providers gathered in Shanker Hall for a ceremony and dinner.

'Let’s Talk About It’ substance abuse conference

More than 800 middle and high school students heard what it’s like to struggle with addiction from young people not much older than themselves at a conference on substance abuse co-sponsored by the UFT and held at union headquarters in Manhattan on May 29.

First Book giveaway

The line stretched around PS 160 in Jamaica, Queens, and down the block at the UFT’s First Book giveaway on June 1. The incentive: 40,000 books being given away for free.

Tee time for all

Third-graders from PS 119 in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx turned their fidgetiness to focus on a recent morning in May at the Mosholu Golf Course thanks to a program for young golfers called First Tee.

Lifting New York City charter cap could cripple public schools

This year, the legal cap was reached. While the charter sector is pushing Albany to raise the cap, public school communities are saying enough is enough.

Mulgrew to women members: Put on your ‘running’ shoes

UFT President Michael Mulgrew exhorted women in the union to run for elected office at the morning town hall at the Spring Education Conference.

Boys and Girls HS celebrates a turning point

Boys and Girls HS has turned the corner. The once-troubled Brooklyn school has been taken out of state receivership – a designation for long struggling schools – and out of the city Board of Education’s Renewal Schools program, and it marked the milestone with a celebration in the school gym.


Kudos to Melissa Alvarez, John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens

Melissa Alvarez, the chapter leader at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens, used the new dispute resolution process in the DOE-UFT contract to get a speedy response to a safety violation: no teacher assigned to the high school’s SAVE room.

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