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Notes from our Oct. 28 chapter meeting

The following email was sent on Thursday, Nov. 12, to school counselors from Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson.

January 2021 Regents examinations cancelled

The State Education Department announced today that the January 2021 Regents Examinations are cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor gets out the vote for Biden-Harris

Labor unions ramped up their efforts to help elect former Vice President Joe Biden to the presidency. The AFT organized members to call and text voters in 15 states while the SEIU is focusing on reaching voters of color.

Students return despite challenges

UFT members supported by their union helped pull off a return to in-classroom instruction during a phased-in reopening that began on Sept. 21 and, by Oct. 1, incorporated 500,000 students from every grade.

Renewed focus on District 75

District 75 schools, along with 3-K and pre-K sites, opened their doors for students on Sept. 21, a week before the rest of the school system. District 75 was tapped to go first because in-person learning is particularly important for its students.

Dial-A-Teacher up and running

In a school year full of change, one thing is still the same: Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s free homework help line, is up and running every Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., offering K-12 students and their parents homework support.

UFT founder Eadie Shanker’s life ‘an amazing journey’

Eadie Shanker, a UFT founder and the wife of former UFT President Albert Shanker, died on Sept. 19 at age 87. A teacher, union organizer and city activist, she was dedicated to the UFT Albert Shanker Scholarships.

Schools closed in COVID-19 hotspot areas

Prodded by the UFT and its members, the city closed 169 public schools and sites in Brooklyn and Queens after COVID-19 hotspots sprang up shortly after schools successfully reopened.

Former UFT officer Langiulli passes away at 85

Elizabeth Langiulli, a pivotal figure in UFT leadership for four decades, died on Sept. 24 at age 85. She believed “the union’s strength lies in its school chapters” and was among the first women elected as a chapter leader.

Mary Vaccaro new VP for education

Mary Vaccaro, the Queens District 26 representative for the past 16 years and a teacher for 26 years, was elected UFT vice president for education by the UFT Executive Board, succeeding Evelyn DeJesus, now AFT executive vice president.