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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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A Bronx visionary

Alhassan Susso, a history teacher at International Community HS in Mott Haven in the Bronx, was named the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year.

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.

Ready for prom

Thousands of eighth-graders and high school seniors will be decked out for end-of-year celebrations thanks to eight UFT prom events that were held in all five boroughs in April and May.

Saluting ‘our kids’

The UFT honored 180 high 
school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.

Space wiz took off after receiving honor

Space physicist Jerry Goldstein is still grateful for the Albert Shanker college scholarship he received 30 years ago.

Arizona teachers latest to walk out

More than 20,000 Arizona teachers walked off the job for six days in late April. “One of the biggest things we learned is that we have power,” said Noah Karvelis, the Phoenix music teacher and founder of Arizona Educators United. “When you get together, you have more power and you can change the course of the state.”

Chancellor: It’s about ‘social justice’

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a rousing defense of public education and the unstoppable drive toward equity in his speech at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.

Building imagination

The 3-D models that students create in Jawnuta DiSclafani’s architecture class represent more than a class assignment to create a bedroom or design a building. They challenge the students to rethink how they see the world.

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