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Most schools will return to in-person learning in the fall

Schools around the country are planning a return to widespread in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, with some districts completely eliminating remote learning.

Expanded Summer Rising

Expanded summer learning program

Summer Rising, the city’s free summer school program that is open to all New York City students in grades K-12 —including students with disabilities — will feature a mix of academics, arts, recreation and social-emotional support programs as a bridge to the full reopening of schools in September.

Dorothy Kamps

Kudos for meeting pandemic challenges

Andy Pallotta, the president of New York State United Teachers, praised members of the union for their perseverance and commitment to their students, patients and jobs during the pandemic as he opened the 2021 Representative Assembly via Zoom on April 30.

Special delivery

Special delivery

The UFT recently has been facilitating the delivery of paper paychecks to members who have had trouble receiving them from the city since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Early retirement incentive off table

Despite all the UFT’s efforts, City Hall refused to offer an early retirement incentive for any DOE employees this year. 

Political Endorsements

Delegate Assembly approves six resolutions

The Delegate Assembly passed a total of six resolutions during April and May at two regularly scheduled meeting and one special DA.


Cost-effective grad courses offered this summer

The UFT has formed a partnership with the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies to offer a new series of graduate courses for UFT members beginning this summer. 

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Planning life after high school

New UFT-Department of Education program offers one hour of free college and career counseling to high school juniors and seniors after school and on weekends.

Scott Stringer

Stringer vows to "dismantle" DOE bureaucracy

The UFT’s endorsed candidate for New York City mayor, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, spoke about his plans to "smash" the Department of Education bureaucracy "and reallocate money to the school system” if elected mayor during the union’s annual Spring Education Conference on May 15.