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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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Face to face with history

Brooklyn 8th-graders learn about the civil rights movement through the story of a Bronx woman who left her mark on segregated Alabama when she was about their age.

Proposal would lower certification standards in charter schools

UFT President Michael Mulgrew blasted the state’s proposal to allow charter schools in effect to certify their own teachers with scant requirements or proof of professional expertise.

UFT files NLRB complaint after charter employee firings

The UFT is seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board against the Charter HS for Law and Social Justice in the Bronx after the school fired 11 of its 15 UFT-represented employees, including the entire UFT bargaining committee, in the middle of negotiations for a first contract.

Lord of the flies

Science comes to life for students studying forensics at the Academy for Health Careers in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where experiments motivate them to enjoy learning.

Senators from both parties hammer DeVos on education budget

Republicans joined Democrats in a tough grilling of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the devastating impact of President Trump’s proposal to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget in a Senate hearing on June 6.

Financial crisis threatens education in Puerto Rico

Public schools in Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, have been the collateral damage of an epic financial collapse on the island.

Cool!

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged on April 25 to install air conditioners in every public school classroom by 2022 in a $28.75 million project.

A culture of compassion and care

Nurses celebrate their achievements and their profession at the fourth annual Federation of Nurses/UFT Nurse Recognition Day on May 2. 


Olympic effort

PS 721, a District 75 school in Manhattan, held a rally to salute its very own Olympians — eight students who were part of the unified floor hockey team that beat China to win a bronze medal in the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria in March.


Kansas funding feud

School funding in Kansas was decimated after Sam Brownback became governor in 2011 and started slashing taxes. But the state court is demanding changes.

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