Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,
I hope you all stayed warm during this week's storm.
Due to the snow, the lobby day in Albany has been postponed to Monday, March 27. I invite you to join us for the rescheduled day.
Buses will depart from each UFT borough office at 6 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We need to ensure the Trump/DeVos privatization agenda does not gain a foothold in New York. This is a chance to tell state legislators to to increase funding for public schools, renew the millionaire’s tax (which provides vital revenue), support community learning schools and more.
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Check out more news and upcoming events below.
UFT Director of Parent and Community Outreach
- Sunday, March 19: Come to a summer camp fair in Harlem from noon to 3 p.m. at Ephesus Church, 101 W. 123rd St. Learn about your options for this summer and get special discounts. Register online now »
- Thursday, March 23: There will be evening parent-teacher conferences in high schools next week. For specific start times, check with your child's school. Check out tips from the UFT about getting the most out of these meetings »
- Saturday, March 25: Calling all men! Come to the second annual UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops about empowerment, fatherhood and mentoring. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To find out more and register, see the event listing »
- Tell the New York State Senate leader to reject the DeVos agenda: Donald Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, wants to destroy public schools. Now State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan wants to help her to do it. Senate Republicans are poised to pass a one-house budget resolution that would eliminate the cap on charter schools and send millions of dollars in funding to charter coffers at the expense of New York City public schools. Tell Senate leader John Flanagan to stand up for public schools and stop diverting public school funding to charters. Take action now »
- Call these state senators to demand funding for New York State public schools: Parents, educators and education advocates have been putting pressure on Albany legislators to fully fund New York State public schools this year. Under the 2006 Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision, the state still owes schools $4.3 billion that is badly needed to get our kids the resources they deserve. Two Republican senators from New York City have been silent on the issue — Martin Goldman and Andrew Lanza. Tell them to vote to fully fund public schools. You can reach Senator Goldman’s office at 718-238-6044 and Senator Lanza at 718-984-4073.
News you can use
- School year calendar for 2017-18: The Department of Education has published the calendar for next school year. Take a look »
- BRAVE student video contest: If your child's school is doing something awesome to promote acceptance, tolerance and respect for all students, then students from the school should enter the BRAVE video contest! As part of its campaign to Build Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education, the UFT’s BRAVE program is holding a video contest to highlight the efforts made by schools to create environments free of discrimination and harassment. The contest is open to all students, who are invited to submit a 3-5 minute video that conveys the contest theme. All video submissions must be received by Tuesday, April 4. For contest requirements and submission information, see the flier »
- Trans and gender-nonconforming students have rights in NYC schools: If you know a student who is trans or gender-nonconforming, make sure they know their rights. All students should feel safe and welcome in school, and the Department of Education has guidance to make sure that includes trans students. Read the guidance online »
- Job openings with Indivisible: Indivisible is a new nonprofit working to empower citizens on a local level to hold their Congress members accountable. They're hiring for five open positions including organizers, data managers and more. Read the job descriptions »