Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

School duo among first responders to terror attack

A school nurse and her daughter, a substitute teacher, were thrust into the scene of the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11.

Right on schedule!

Thanks to its participation in the PROSE program, the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction in Manhattan has introduced an innovative new class schedule that has given teachers and students the gift of time.

A lesson in giving

With hurricane season especially brutal this year, schools around the city stepped up to raise money and collect much-needed supplies for victims in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Oversize classes on the decline

The number of oversize classes in New York City public schools continued to trend downward this year, according to the UFT’s annual data. On the 10th day of school this year, there were 2, 181 oversize classes in 411 schools, compared to 2,525 classes in 465 schools on the 10th day last year.

Elevating ELLs

More than 1,200 educators turned out for the union's second annual conference on effective instruction for English language learners, a reflection of the pent-up need for quality professional learning opportunities to help this segment of New York City public school students.

Anti-union Janus case heads to Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that seeks to starve public-sector unions of the funding they need to provide services to members. 

UFT helps nearly 7,000 avoid termination

Staff at the UFT Certification Department helps members navigate the certification process and rescues applications that are endangered because of bureaucratic oversights and other reasons.

Illinois confronts aid inequity

A new school funding formula in Illinois, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, is being hailed as a historic first step toward making sure more state dollars go to the public schools that need it the most.

DACA end clouds DREAMer future

Fear and uncertainty have gripped immigrant students and UFT members registered with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ever since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September the termination of DACA on March 5.

Another jump in city test scores

The number of students who tested as proficient on state math and English Language Arts exams in 2017 continued to rise across New York City, according to test scores released by state and city officials on Aug. 22.

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