Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Ready for takeoff

Henry Rey, a longtime licensed pilot and a teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy Preparatory School I in Manhattan, teaches students math and science through aeronautics and sparks their interest in aviation in a classroom that features four computer flight simulators.

Calming the school climate

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educators at the Changing School Climate breakfast discussion on March 23 at union headquarters in Manhattan said the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools are proven methods to help students cope with emotional issues and improve school discipline.

Supreme Court hears Janus arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard spirited arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a lawsuit aimed at starving public-employee unions, including the UFT, of the funding they need to provide services to and advocate for workers.

Striking a chord

For her exemplary blending of science and music instruction, Salguero won the 2018 Grammy Music Educator of the Year award.

UFT Charter School gets 5-year renewal

The UFT Charter HS in Brooklyn won unanimous approval from the SUNY Charter Schools Committee on Feb. 13 for a five-year renewal of the school’s operating charter. 

UFT nurses ratify 2-year contract with VNSNY

After contentious negotiations that brought the union to the brink of a strike, Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Jan. 30 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new two-year contract that preserves their hard-fought rights and benefits.

Appeals court boots KIPP case vs. UFT

A federal appeals court on Jan. 30 rejected an attempt by the KIPP charter network to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the UFT.

Advisory group to examine state ELL regulation

The State Education Department is creating a task force of teachers of English language learners and other stakeholders to assess and address issues surrounding Part 154, the new state regulations governing English language learner instruction. The advisory group is the direct result of a Jan. 23 meeting, organized by UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus, which gathered together 40 teachers from the UFT’s English language learner focus group to discuss their concerns with top city and state officials.

Door-knocking efforts crucial because ‘this is our fight’

Gloria Winograd goes out on cold winter evenings to knock on doors of fellow UFT members. Her mission: To alert them that their rights and benefits are endangered by the Janus v. AFSCME case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Membership teams form in each school

The UFT is organizing membership teams in every school so the union will be in a stronger position to protect member rights and benefits when the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

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