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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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Charters’ ‘bottom line’ led to Chicago teacher strikes

The nation’s first-ever strike by unionized charter school teachers occurred in Chicago in December and has set a precedent for other charter schools in the Windy City that are struggling with low teacher pay, crowded classrooms and poor funding. 


‘Lion King’ across the curriculum

If the Gallery Walk in March at K396 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, evoked thoughts of “The Lion King,” that was no accident. The hallways were transformed into a gallery of animal habitats on the African savannah after the school was one of five — and the only District 75 school — to win a grant from the Disney Musicals in Schools program.


How Long Island City HS got its groove back

The turnaround at Long Island City HS was the result of a set of strategies that included smaller class sizes and more individualized attention. But collaboration — between administrators and staff and among the teachers themselves — was the linchpin.


Mulgrew slams education bureaucracy at city budget hearing

UFT President Michael Mulgrew made the case for more funding for school programs that directly aid students in budget testimony on March 20 before the City Council Education Committee. At the same time, he asked the Council members to make sure state funds are not derailed or swallowed up the city’s education bureaucracy.

Putting a price on student voice

It’s not every day that high school students get to decide how to spend $500,000. The students at Gotham Professional Arts Community Learning School and Acorn Community School have that opportunity thans to a pilot project in participatory budgeting funded by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

New contractual process kicks in to address oversize classes

The UFT began an expedited process of contract arbitration to resolve oversize classes in five chronically overcrowded high schools as the class-size reduction provisions in the new DOE-UFT contract took effect.

50 schools join Bronx plan

Fifty schools in the Bronx, East New York, Brownsville and Far Rockaway will join the Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan, an initiative that empowers educators at these schools to drive school improvement.

Lessons from West Virginia strikes

Teachers in West Virginia —a “right-to-work” state with no right to collectively bargain or strike— have proven adept at defending themselves and their students against a hostile Republican administration intent on undermining public education.

Lawmakers vote to cut tie between state test scores and teacher ratings

In a huge victory for the UFT, both houses of the state Legislature on Jan. 23 voted overwhelmingly to end the requirement that state test scores be used in evaluating teachers in New York State.

Portal to the past

For Bronx 1st-graders from PS 121, a visit to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park opened a window into the world of the early 19th century, when their borough was still farmland.

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