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Historic funding increase for schools

New York City public schools will receive a historic boost in state aid in the budget passed by the state Legislature in Albany on April 7.

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Retirement incentive one step closer

The state Legislature on April 7 included an early retirement incentive in the final state budget legislation, and the passage of the bill puts the UFT one step closer to securing the benefit for its members before the summer.

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Making classrooms a place for healing

The UFT, drawing on City Council funding, has developed a two-hour training session that is being offered to all educators this spring and will teach simple strategies they can incorporate into their daily practice to help them assess and respond to stress in students.

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UFT: Federal COVID funds must help students recover

Calling for more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds to be dedicated to the needs of students recovering emotionally and academically from the ravages of the pandemic, the UFT laid out a five-point recovery proposal.

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UFT endorses Scott Stringer for mayor

Delegates at a special Delegate Assembly on April 19 voted to endorse Scott Stringer in the June 22 Democratic Primary for New York City mayor.

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Citywide Parent Newsletter - April 2021

This is the April issue of the citywide parent newsletter.

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Union and city negotiate a new protocol for closing schools

The UFT and City Hall on April 8 negotiated a new protocol for closing classrooms and schools that shifts the focus to preventing in-school outbreaks.

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Spring 2021 Functional Chapter Elections

Every three years, UFT functional chapter members have the opportunity to elect their chapter’s leadership. You can nominate yourself or a colleague for chapter leadership positions now.

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Update on state exams in Spring 2021

The following email was sent from Nicholas Cruz, the UFT director of community and parent outreach, to all of the UFT's parent subscribers on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

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Read the keynote address from the 2021 School Counselors Conference

At our 2021 School Counselors Conference, Misha Thomas, a trauma expert from Cornell University, spoke about how we can support students through the trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read her speech online.