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Shower of thanks

Shower of thanks

UFT members and other frontline workers were showered with confetti on July 7 at a “Hometown Heroes” parade celebrating them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic in one of the largest ticker-tape parades in New York City history

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Civil rights probes over school masks

Five states with Republican governors that banned school districts from requiring masks are facing civil rights investigations opened Aug. 30 by the federal Education Department.

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COVID-19 pandemic widens student learning gaps

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress and widened learning gaps for students in grades 3-8 in math and reading during the 2020-2021 school year, according to national data released July 28 by the testing group NWEA.

Teacher Melissa Curto works with a student, wearing headphones to block noise, as he completes a math lesson in her self-contained classroom at PS 45 on Staten Island.

From fidgeting to focusing

Sensory tools that have long helped special education students calm down and stay alert in the classroom are now helping general education students ease back into in-person learning.

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Teacher’s Choice is back

UFT-represented educators once again are eligible for reimbursement for some of their out-of-pocket classroom expenses through Teacher’s Choice.

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Bridging the post-pandemic learning gap

Helping students rebound from the pandemic, both academically and emotionally, is a union priority as all students return in September for in-person learning.

Michael Mulgrew and Leroy Barr in front of press outdoors

Council leaders support class-size cap bill

New York City Council leaders on July 29 introduced a bill that would limit classroom capacity as a public health measure to ensure better ventilation and reduce the possibility of viral spread.

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DOE vaccine mandate

The mayor announced that the city is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all DOE employees as part of a public health intervention. With the Delta variant continuing to spread and Pfizer just announcing the full FDA approval of its vaccine, the city believes that those eligible for the vaccine must do their part to help keep our children safe. 

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Council leaders support bill to cap classroom capacity

The City Council on July 29 introduced a public health measure that would limit the number of occupants in school classrooms to ensure better ventilation and reduce the possibility of viral spread.

Several UFT teachers holding signs that say "Stop charter expansion"

Board of Regents rejects charter schools' stealth proposal

An attempt by four New York City charter schools to subvert the charter cap was thwarted on July 12 by the New York State Board of Regents.