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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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Japanese contingent visits Curtis HS, Staten Island

The UFT’s Community Learning School Initiative, now in 28 schools citywide, is attracting interest internationally. Curtis HS, a community learning school on Staten Island, played host on Jan. 5 to a delegation of 10 educators and seven students from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Family para-dise

Sonia Dunkley has been a paraprofessional at PS 9 in the Bronx for 24 years. She loves her job so much that over the years she has told each of her four adult children some version of this: “Try what I’m doing and see if you like it.”


DeVos flunks first test

In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools.

Making spirits bright

Christmas came early for the 112 homeless children who gathered at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10 for the annual UFT/Coalition for the Homeless holiday party. 


New vehicle for schools with history of oversize classes

Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT was able to gain a new process to help schools with chronically oversize classes find solutions.

New ELA test policy approved

Students with reading disabilities will now have a chance to demonstrate what they know on New York State English Language Arts assessments, thanks to a new state policy that will allow the entire test — not just directions — to be read aloud to them.


Trump pick would be a 'disaster'

Don't confuse Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for education, secretary, with run-of-the-mill charter advocates. Her goal is "the full dismantling of public schools in favor of religious and private schools," says one critic.

Positive Learning Collaborative working wonders in the Bronx

All the staff at PS 55 in the South Bronx, which is part of the Positive Learning Collaborative, speak common language, which is about listening to the student, validating the student’s emotions and providing tools so the student can better manage his or her feelings.

Experts predict post-election revival of ‘corporate’ education reform

With the election of Donald Trump as president, all bets about the future of "corporate" education reform are off, and public school advocates are bracing for the worst.
That was the consensus of a panelists participating in a Nov. 16 conference on the future of public schools organized by the UFT. 


Familiar faces in Massachusetts charter cap battle

Massachusetts has become a major battleground for corporate education reformers intent on expanding the charter sector this fall. Their goal: to lift the 120-school statewide cap on charter schools. Their vehicle: a binding referendum on the ballot on Nov. 8.

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