Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

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.

Igniting ‘fire that creates love of learning’

The theme of the UFT’s 10th annual Early Childhood Education Conference on March 11 was “Full STEAM Ahead!” encompassing science, technology, engineering, art and math for the youngest learners.

Trump budget a ‘nightmare’ for education

President Donald Trump on March 16 took the first step to make good on his campaign promise to shift federal tax dollars from traditional public schools to a “choice” program that promotes charters, private and religious schools.

Portraits of activism

For 8th-graders at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, lessons in writing, art and social studies have come together in a published book of 25 interviews and portraits of social activists in New York City. 

DeVos squeaks in as education secretary

Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.

Mapping the way to success

What if a geography lesson was like playing a murder mystery game? That’s one of the workshops offered at this year’s UFT Middle Schools conference.

Abducted child rescued

It was a day like no other for DeShawn Woodford, a school security supervisor and UFT member, when she and her driver stopped traffic on the Major Deegan Expressway on Feb. 7 to apprehend a man in an AMBER Alert abduction of his two-year-old daughter.

Everything you need to know about vouchers

Here’s a Q&A to give you the information you’ll need to know when Trump makes his move.

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