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U.S. Education Dept. locks out teachers unions

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.

Koch network spending big to erode public education

Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

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Puerto Rico faces school privatization after Maria

Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

MS 51, Brooklyn, teachers (from left) Rachel Rear, Julie Gibson and Joanna Santa

Supreme Court hears Janus arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard spirited arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a lawsuit aimed at starving public-employee unions, including the UFT, of the funding they need to provide services to and advocate for workers.

Members from Communications Workers of America Local 1180, a union representing

Fighting back after losing it all

AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas told her story, about what Wisconsin public school educators gave up when they lost collective bargaining rights, at a series of meetings with classroom teachers, UFT staff and press and at a packed Delegate Assembly during a recent two-day visit.

Educators at PS 28 in Brooklyn show they are #UnionProud and #PublicSchoolProud

True love

Thousands of UFT members at schools across the city wore the color on Valentine’s Day to show their love for their union.

Michael Mulgrew and Andy Pallotta

Mulgrew asks state lawmakers to offset federal cuts

Testifying in Albany on the governor’s proposed budget on Jan. 31, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on state lawmakers to boost foundation aid for public schools in the face of fiscal threats from the federal government. 

David Kazansky

Kazansky is UFT choice for TRS post

The UFT leadership is asking all union members to sign nominating petitions to reelect David Kazansky to a second three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.

Discussing the next steps in their efforts to build up Brooklyn Collegiate

Brooklyn high school wins another chance

Brooklyn Collegiate was pronounced “dead” in early January as one of 14 low-performing schools the Department of Education said it would close this coming June. But the Brooklyn Collegiate community, with the support of the UFT, joined together and convinced the DOE to give the Brownsville high school another chance — at least for another year. 

UFT charter school wins two-year renewal

UFT Charter School gets 5-year renewal

The UFT Charter HS in Brooklyn won unanimous approval from the SUNY Charter Schools Committee on Feb. 13 for a five-year renewal of the school’s operating charter.