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  • School secretaries seminar 2016 2 days ago

    More than 100 school secretaries gathered at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on Jan. 9 for workshops on a variety of topics, including communications, the Family Medical Leave Act and audits.

  • Testimony regarding the DOE's support for students who are homeless or in temporary housing 2 days ago

    UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford testified before the Joint City Council Committee on Education and General Welfare regarding the DOE's support for students who are homeless or in temporary housing.

  • Lab Specialists Training - January 2016 4 days ago

    Here are PDFs of the presentation and handouts from the January 2016 lab specialists training.

  • Teacher certification exam preparation workshops for paraprofessionals 6 days ago

    The CUNY Joseph S. Murphy Institute is hosting free teacher certification exam preparation workshops for the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject Test (CST) for LEAP to Teacher participants and CUNY UFT members.

  • Leap to Teacher program for paraprofessionals 6 days ago

    The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at CUNY is offering the Leap to Teacher program for paraprofessionals interested in continuing their higher education.

  • Fighting for their Rights: The UFT Strike of 1960 1 week ago

    In the 1950s, teaching offered low pay and few benefits. The members of the newly formed United Federation of Teachers fought for and won the right to collectively bargain during a strike that sent a powerful message about the strength of the union.

  • Speech Improvement Chapter Newsletter - January 2016 1 week ago

    Learn about volunteering as a speech liasion, our speech hotline number, good news about mandated services, signing in and out of classrooms, new teacher networking events, grievance win for District 75 on Staten Island, the Supreme Court case threatening public sector unions, clarification on lesson plans, SESIS arbitration and new guidlines in PERB case.

  • Mulgrew visits PS 139, Queens 1 week ago

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew visited PS 139 in Rego Park, Queens on Jan. 28 to discuss current issues with staff members.

  • Justice Scalia expounds the Friedrichs case 1 week ago
  • Discrimination, harassment and bullying workshops 1 week ago

    The UFT's BRAVE campaign will be holding a workshop called Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying: An Introduction to the Dignity for All Students Act.

  • Zika Virus 1 week ago

    Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly (a condition in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

  • Testimony regarding the elementary and secondary education budget proposal 1 week ago

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee regarding the elementary and secondary education budget proposal.

  • Nominate a colleague to be the 2016 School Secretary of the Year 1 week ago

    Our annual School Secretaries Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 14. I invite you to nominate an outstanding school secretary to be the 2015 School Secretary of the Year.

  • The world is their classroom 1 week ago

    When Allyson Compton’s 12th-grade students enter her classroom at the HS for Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, they become United Nations delegates. What's at stake in the day's session isn't just their grades but the political futures of the countries they represent.

  • Free PD opportunities for educators 1 week ago

    Registration is now open for seven free professional development courses directed by New Visions for Public Schools.

  • School budgets still lagging in most states 1 week ago

    Bulging class sizes, stagnant salaries, fewer teachers and limited supplies of everything from books to copy paper: That is what the reduction in per-pupil state funding looks like in thousands of classrooms around the country since the Great Recession — despite a much vaunted economic recovery.

  • A better comprehension of science concepts 1 week ago

    Basic and science inquiry process skills are an integral part of my daily teaching and learning.

  • Retiree optional rider checks to be mailed in February 1 week ago

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who chairs the union’s Welfare Fund Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that retirees will be receiving their Optional Rider Reimbursement at the end of February.

  • IRMAA information 1 week ago

    You will be receiving, or have recently received, a letter from the Social Security Administration outlining your Medicare Part B obligation for 2016. It may also include your income-related monthly adjustment amount (IRMAA).

  • Reporting TRS distributions on your local income tax 1 week ago

    If you received one or more of the distributions listed below during 2015, you are required to report the total gross amount of the distribution in box 16a and the taxable amount of the distribution in box 16b on your 2015 federal income tax form 1040.

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