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Testimony & Speeches
This section archives the various testimonies and speeches given by UFT officers and staff members on behalf of the union and city schools.
Testimony on the impact of standardized testing on students
November 25, 2013
Richard Mantell, the UFT vice president for junior high and intermediate schools, testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education about the impact of standardized testing on students.
Testimony on student data and privacy
November 20, 2013
Vice President for Education Catalina Fortino testified before the New York State Assembly Committee on Education about the New York State Education Department’s plans to transfer all of the student information collected by the New York City Department of Education and school systems across the state to InBloom, Inc.
Testimony on Regents reform agenda
October 29, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education about the rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards.
Testimony on the implementation of Early Learn NYC
October 28, 2013
Director of Child Care Policy Jeremy A. Hoffman testified before the City Council Committees on General Welfare and Women's Issues about the implementation of Early Learn NYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s redesign of the city’s contracted subsidized child care and early childhood education system.
Testimony on DOE's special ed reform
October 25, 2013
UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Education Committee about the DOE's special education reform.
Testimony on DOE's school closures, reconfigurations and community notification
October 2, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before a New York City Council Committee on Education oversight hearing about proposed DOE co-locations.
Testimony on Fiscal Year 2014 Executive Budget
June 5, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council on Finance about the Fiscal Year 2014 Executive Budget.
Testimony on school libraries and librarians
May 6, 2013
UFT Assistant Secretary Robert Astrowsky testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education, Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Group Relations and the Select Committee on Libraries.
Testimony on the Department of Education's compliance with the School Safety Act
April 15, 2013
UFT Director of School Safety and Victim Support David Kazansky testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education, Juvenile Justice and Public Safety.
Testimony on the New York City expense budget
March 21, 2013
UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education.