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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. 

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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.

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District 75: Information about parental leave during the Chapter 683 Summer Program

If you have worked the Chapter 683 program for the past two years, we want to make you aware of an agreement regarding paid parental leave for those of you who are having a child, adopting a child or caring for a new foster child during or immediately prior to the program. You may now choose to take advantage of paid parental leave during the Chapter 683 program, or you may wait to take paid parental leave until the school year begins — but you must make that decision right away. Please inform the DOE and UFT of your intention by Friday, June 18, 2021.

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.

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Apply now for summer school positions

The DOE has just released its posting for summer school this year and is now accepting applications. The city is expecting the largest summer school enrollment in its history at its Summer Rising program, so there are many positions to fill. Most students will be attending the program in person.