An independent arbitrator has ruled in a precedent-setting decision that the Department of Education improperly denied retention rights to a teacher for Regents scoring in June on the grounds that she had not participated in scoring Regents the previous January.
New York City public school students were among millions who took to the streets in more than 150 countries on Sept. 20 for a climate strike, led by young people leaving their classrooms to demand action on the climate crisis that threatens their futures. UFT members met up with the students marching from Foley Square at an after-school rally in Battery Park, where 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the crowd. “The UFT is proud to stand with the activists, including our members, who are fighting to protect our climate from harmful and short-sighted political decisions,” said UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at the first Delegate Assembly of the school year on Oct. 16 that the union would like every school district to have a political action team in place to keep friends of public education in office and get adequate funding for schools.
Florence Conlon wore a UFT Strides T-shirt over her pink sweater, and a pink bandanna was wrapped around her neck — wise choices for a chilly overcast day at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. But the most important accessory Conlon wore was the sash with one word printed on it: "Survivor."
Teachers across the city got relief from oversize classes this fall at a faster pace than ever before — thanks to new class-size reduction provisions negotiated as part of the 2018 Department of Education-UFT contract and implemented citywide in September.
The Department of Education on Sept. 24 amended its 2019–20 school calendar to make Monday, Dec. 23, part of the school holidays. “We are happy this issue has been resolved, and in a way that gives parents, educators and school communities adequate notice of the change,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
A new procedure negotiated by the United Federation of Teachers has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of oversize classes in the schools.