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Victoria Kravets, Occupational therapist

As an occupational therapist at PS 231 in Brooklyn, Victoria Kravets helps students with cognitive or physical disabilities develop adaptive skills. During the coronavirus pandemic, Kravets shifted her work online to support students through teletherapy.

A return like no other

UFT members returning to their school buildings on Sept. 8 for the first time since March had an experience unlike any other.

Our occupational therapist of the year

Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. During this challenging and unusual semester, we wanted to highlight a therapist who's done outstanding tele-therapy. Here's a conversation with with our occupational therapist of the year, Victoria Kravets (known affectionately by her students as Miss Vicky), who works at PS 231 in Brooklyn.

State budget spares schools from cuts

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking economic havoc, the UFT successfully avoided large-scale cuts to public school funding in the New York State budget signed on April 3 for the upcoming fiscal year.

Brooklyn school fights off charter’s expansion

The UFT helps parents and the community thwart the expansion of a co-located charter school in Brooklyn.

Prime peril for profit 

As consumers increasingly rely on Amazon for their shopping needs during the coronavirus crisis, the company’s workers say the digital giant is putting their health in peril to turn a profit.

RTC events canceled

All Retired Teachers Chapter activities are canceled or postponed in the interest of safety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Required minimum distributions suspended for 2020

The recent CARES Act legislation has suspended RMDs for 2020 for defined-contribution plans like TRS’ TDA Program.