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Celebrating  ‘an equitable education for all’

Celebrating ‘an equitable education for all’

UFT members were among the thousands of educators, parents and students who turned out on Oct. 13 for a day of celebration of public schools organized by United Way of New York City.

First Strike 1960

November 7, 1960

The newly formed United Federation of Teachers was demanding collective bargaining rights and Superintendent of Schools John Theobald’s response was that he did not bargain with his own family.

Teacher Ivis Carrasco (right) from PS 194 in Brooklyn turns the capstan

Sailing back in time

Fifth-graders from PS 194 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, repeated the cries that once echoed around the busy port of New York as they raised the sail on an 1885 cargo ship during a class trip to Manhattan’s South Street Seaport Museum on Oct. 7.

Showing off the bathroom beautification at PS/IS 116

Building self-esteem in Queens

Teachers and students at PS/IS 116 in Jamaica, Queens, worked together to beautify the school's girls' bathroom.

Carla Boutin-Foster

Noteworthy graduates: Carla Boutin-Foster, medical school dean

Carla Boutin-Foster is a world away from the 5-year-old who spoke only Creole when her parents — sights firmly set on the American dream — brought her to Brooklyn from Haiti. 

Seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

“About 60 percent of kids who fail a vision screening don’t ever ultimately get glasses,” said Delaney Gracy, the director of clinical services for the Montefiore School Health Program.

Parents get into the spirit

Parents get into the spirit

UFT members at PS 536 in the Bronx marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 16 with an event designed to keep their school family and extended family in the pink of health. 

Beauty comes in all sizes

Beauty comes in all sizes

The students in the Curvy Lab at the HS of Fashion Industries in Manhattan have designing dreams — but their dreams feature everyday women, like many of them.

Tragedy becomes power

Tragedy becomes power

Tanya Sumner, a teacher of English language learners at PS 204 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, was just 36 years old in 2017 when she unexpectedly passed out behind the wheel of her car. Sumner, the mother of a 5-year-old girl and a 7-month-old boy, woke up in the hospital to a devastating diagnosis: Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, which had already spread to her spine and hips.

Developing leaders

Developing leaders

Wearing jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers — with her hair in a ponytail — math teacher Danielle Tutelian doesn’t look much older than her students at the Bronx HS of Business. That works to her advantage.