Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

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.


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.

A role for men in schools

Getting more men involved in their children’s public school education was the impetus for the UFT’s second annual Men in Education Symposium, which drew 100 men to union headquarters on March 25.

Good ‘Shepherds’

Single Shepherd program making a big difference for middle-school students at PS/MS 31 in the Bronx.

Focusing on their futures

More than 400 students from 20 high schools gathered at UFT headquarters on March 9 for a different kind of college and career fair: In addition to exploring colleges and universities, students learned about jobs with strong union representation — and the better incomes and benefits that go hand in hand with those jobs.

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