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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - March 2, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

Every year, New York City public school parents and educators travel to a lobby day in Albany for public education. Join the UFT on Tuesday, March 14 to help tell state legislators to to increase funding for public schools, renew the millionaire’s tax, support community learning schools and more. Buses will depart from each UFT borough office at 6 a.m. Download the flier »

Reserve your seat on the bus »

Did you know that the UFT has a free homework help line open to public school students? The UFT Dial-a-Teacher program offers free homework help to elementary and middle school students Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Classroom teachers are available through Dial-A-Teacher to assist students in Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish. You can reach Dial-a-Teacher at 212-777-3380. Find out more »

Check out more news you can use and upcoming events below.


Anthony Harmon
UFT Director of Parent and Community Outreach

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, March 11: Come to the American Diabetes Association's free annual expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. There will be free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. Learn more and register »
  • 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 »
  • Friday, March 31: There will be a parent-teacher organization expo for parent organizers and parent-teacher association members at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. A bus will leave from 1 Remsen Ave. in Brooklyn at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. For a $50 fee, the expo includes workshops and presentations, transportation, breakfast and a T-shirt. Register online now »

News you can use

  • Job opening at the Center for Popular Democracy: The Center for Popular Democracy works to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by working with community organizations and labor unions on progressive policy campaigns. The center is seeking an office manager for its Bushwick office. Learn more and apply »
  • School privatization looms in national education policy: With Betsy DeVos as Donald Trump's new Secretary of Education and with the GOP dominating state legislatures, more states are rolling out voucher and charter school programs. Read the story from Education Week »
  • Take the NYC School Survey: Every year, the NYC Department of Education surveys parents, students and educators to find out how to keep improving our public schools. Students should have received paper surveys in bright green envelops this week. Parents can take the survey online. The deadline to take the survey is March 31. Learn more and take the survey online »
  • Council Speaker's State of the City Address focused on equity and justice: New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito laid out plans to protect immigrants and refugees, address school overcrowding, strive for gender and racial equality and more in her State of the City Address on Feb. 16. Read the address online now »
  • Enter the Speak Truth to Power video contest: The American Federation of Teachers and other sponsors invite middle and high school student filmmakers to enter the Speak Truth to Power video contest. Submissions should be three to five minutes long and talk about a human rights activist. The deadline to enter is March 20. Visit the website »
  • Charter school accountability protects students: In light of Donald Trump's new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, it is more important than ever to enforce transparency and accountability for charter schools in New York. Read the op-ed from UFT President Michael Mulgrew »
  • DOE announces more bilingual education options: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Feb. 28 the opening of 68 new Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs this coming September. Families of English language learners can request placement in either a Dual Language or a Transitional Bilingual Education program in addition to receiving English as a New Language services. In Dual Language classes, about 50% of students are ELLs and 50% are English-proficient students. To see the list of schools, visit the DOE website »
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