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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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UFT members overwhelmingly ratify early contract

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the city Department of Education that gives members a compounded 7.7 percent pay raise over 43 months, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 4.

Celebrating diversity, supporting educators

More than 500 educators attended "cELLebration," the third annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners.

'Bronx plan' has bottom-up approach to helping schools

The Bronx plan in the proposed DOE-UFT contract to help schools that face the most challenges will be open to up to 120 schools, not just in the Bronx. These schools will receive additional funds and strategic support to better address the needs of their students.

Four-day school week: yea or nay?

Some 560 school districts nationwide have moved to a four-day school week. The move to pack the same number of instructional hours into four days — principally done to save money — has divided school communities.

‘Without diversity, students live in a bubble’

When Lynn Shon, a STEM teacher at MS 88 in Park Slope, accepted an invitation in 2017 to join the diversity working group in Brooklyn’s District 15 as a teacher representative, she had no idea where it would lead.

Ready to launch

With more than 4,000 new hires entering schools in September, the UFT hosted “Get Ready to Launch” open houses in the five borough offices, plus one at union headquarters for new UFT members who work with special-needs students, during the last week of August.

A Bronx visionary

Alhassan Susso, who teaches global history at the International Community HS in Mott Haven, has been named the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year. He draws on his own personal history of overcoming challenges to inspire and motivate his immigrant students.

From the classroom to the campaign trail

After a spring awakening of walkouts and strikes, educators around the country are running for office in unprecedented numbers to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their students.

Hitting all the high notes

Music is lifting up students at PS 91 in University Heights in the Bronx — not just emotionally but academically, too.

UFT ‘will remain strong’ despite Janus ruling

The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 ruled against public sector unions nationwide in a decision that will make it more difficult for them to raise the funds necessary to support and advocate for the employees they represent.

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