Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and wish you a happy new year.
We at the UFT are looking forward to having a new Manhattan parent liaison in place soon. In the meantime, the union wants to continue to be in touch with our regular newsletters.
Take a look at the upcoming events and news below.
Director of Parent and Community Outreach
- Wednesday, Jan. 18: You are invited to attend and submit testimony to a Panel for Educational Policy meeting at 6 p.m. at the Taft Educational Campus, 240 E. 172nd St. in the Bronx. Testimony will be accepted until Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. To read the proposals the panel will vote on, visit the Department of Education website »
- Saturday, Jan. 21: The New York Hall of Science invites children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to a free sensory-friendly science workshop about wheels and vehicles from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is the first in a series of four free workshops the museum will offer from January to February. Workshops will be held at the museum at 47-01 111th St. in Queens. Find out more »
- Speak out against Betsy DeVos and defend public schools: On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Senate is holding its confirmation hearing for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, a billionaire fundraiser with no educational experience. (The hearing was postponed a week because the Office of Government Ethics had not completed its review of DeVos’ complicated finances and potential conflicts of interest.) DeVos has spent her life and vast fortune trying to turn public education into a private marketplace. She could do genuine harm to our schools.
That's why we're asking you to join our social media thunderclap. The way it works is you sign up to have a tweet sent or Facebook post made on your behalf at the exact same time as scores of other public school parents and educators. Just as the public is focused on DeVos and her confirmation hearing, these social media posts will declare that public school parents and educators believe Betsy DeVos is the wrong choice.
Join the thunderclap now »
News you can use
- Apply for the Technology Service Corps in Harlem or Brooklyn: The Technology Service Corps is a 22-week program that prepares young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 for a career in technology. The program starts with 15 weeks of class work and concludes with a 7-week paid internship. It is offered in Harlem and downtown Brooklyn. The next cohort begins this month. Find out more »
- Fears over deportation will affect school communities: As President-elect Trump's inauguration approaches, schools are coping with increased student fears of federal arrests and deportation. Read the article from the Washington Post »
- Donald Trump is not keeping his promises: Take a look at this review of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises and where he stands on them. Read the article from the National Review »