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Medical accommodations for remote work in the fall

The DOE is creating an online application for members to apply for medical accommodations that could allow them to work from home.

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Shanker Scholarship winners aim to make ‘world a better place’

The UFT awarded more than $1 million to academically excellent and financially eligible city public high school seniors and graduate students this year.

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Updates for speech teachers and OT/PTs concerning the last week of school and the summer

The following guidance was sent to all DOE-employed speech teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists from Vice President for Special Education MaryJo Ginese on Monday, June 22.

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State certification changes in response to the coronavirus

The New York State Board of Regents approved changes to educator certification that provide flexibility in light of the coronavirus crisis.

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NYC teachers’ lessons featured in PBS program

The city Department of Education, in partnership with the WNET Group, launched “Let’s Learn NYC!” in early May. The one-hour program is aimed at children in 3K through 2nd grade and airs at 11 a.m. and noon every weekday.

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MAP’s student support initiative a ‘virtual’ success

"Let’s Talk About It,” a UFT Member Assistance Program (MAP) initiative designed to educate and support students around addiction and mental health, had an additional challenge this year: helping students deal with the emotional toll of the coronavirus.

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Educators win discrimination suit against DOE

The New York City Department of Education has agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million to three African American teachers and an assistant principal to settle both a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Attorney as well as individual lawsuits brought by the affected employees.

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New rights for OTs and PTs: Course reimbursement and family leave

The following email about course reimbursement and family leave was sent to all DOE-employed occupational and physical therapists from UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

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New DOE guidance on report cards and promotion policy

With the end of the year approaching, we reached out to the Department of Education to get more clarity on this year's final report cards and promotion policy.

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Promotion guidance for remote learning and promotion portfolios

Below you will find clarification on the promotion process for students with standard promotion criteria for grades 3–8. The promotion portfolios are adapted for remote learning, with revised guidance for identifying and scoring student work samples.