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 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.

  • Capital plan for public schools March 19, 2013

    UFT Director of the Safety and Health Department Chris Proctor testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education.

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