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Last day of the school year for counselors: June 29

The last day of work for the 2020-21 school year for our chapter is Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

UFT joins unions in solar power campaign

The UFT, along with other unions, launched a campaign on April 21 to increase energy efficiency in New York City public schools through solar power and equipment upgrades.

Award-winning New York Teacher writer Jack Schierenbeck dies

Jack Schierenbeck, a former New York Teacher reporter and columnist who wrote an important series about UFT history and was called "the conscience" of the newspaper by his editor, died in February at age 71 after a long illness.

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Teacher evaluation for this school year

The UFT in February reached an agreement with the city Department of Education on an evaluation system for the 2020-21 school year only that reflects the unique circumstances and challenges facing teachers this year.

Middle and high school buildings reopen safely

Middle and high school buildings, which have been closed since mid-November, reopened after the mayor pledged to follow all safety protocols and agreed to a plan to increase the city's school testing capacity.

8 endorsements approved by DA

A resolution to endorse eight candidates for elected office was among three resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly at a remote meeting on March 24.

Thousands vaccinated through UFT program

As of April 7, about 35,000 UFT members employed by the city Department of Education had been matched with vaccine providers in the UFT vaccine program, which supplements city and state vaccination programs.

New chancellor is rooted in NYC experience

The new city schools chancellor, Meisha Ross Porter, is a 20-year veteran of city public schools, starting out as a teacher and principal, then community superintendent and executive superintendent, all in the Bronx.

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3% salary increase on May 14

The salaries of UFT-represented DOE employees will increase by 3% effective May 14, with the increase reflected in paychecks on May 28 for pedagogues, H-Bank employees and all paraprofessionals.

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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.