In a contentious confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary, made clear that she would use her position to promote private and charter schools at the expense of public schools. During the three hours of questioning, DeVos appeared not to know some basic facts about public education or the agency she hoped to lead.
The committee hearing took place on Jan. 17 at the behest of Republicans even though the U.S. Office of Government Ethics had not completed its investigation into the complicated tangle of investments of the nominee, a billionaire who has used her wealth to wield great influence over education policy in her home state of Michigan.
Asked by Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the committee, if she “would commit to us tonight that you will not work to privatize public schools or cut a single…
UFT delegates on Jan. 18 voted to launch a Public School Proud campaign to champion the city’s public schools in preparation for the attack expected to be unleashed by Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department.
The city Department of Education in January fulfilled its agreement to clear 765 public school buildings of light fixtures containing the probable carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that had threatened the well-being of students and teachers.
Now 85 percent of the state’s charters are run by for-profit companies, and there is still no constraint on who gets to sell education in Detroit. It’s a Wild West of unfettered choices that don’t educate kids.
More than 1,200 New York City schools would lose vital federal funding should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his campaign promise to launch a national private-school voucher plan, UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned.
Sonia Dunkley has been a paraprofessional at PS 9 in the Fordham section of the Bronx for 24 years. She loves her job so much that over the years she has told each of her four adult children some version of this: “Try what I’m doing and see if you like it.”
[[nid:99527; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; styleName:article_x_medium_auto]]It’s advice they have taken to heart. That’s why today Dunkley is the matriarch of a family of paraprofessionals — a son and daughter also work as paras at PS 9, and two other daughters are paras at other Bronx schools. (Her youngest son is in high school in Rockland Coun…
Students attending a workshop at the Sackler Lab at the American Museum of Natural History get to handle cast skulls, measure them and learn techniques to recognize and classify different ape and hominid species that are part of the evolutionary tree of humankind.
The UFT’s Community Learning School Initiative, now in 28 schools citywide, is attracting interest internationally. Curtis HS, a community learning school on Staten Island, played host on Jan. 5 to a delegation of 10 educators and seven students from Tokyo and other parts of Japan.
Several times a year the teachers at Research and Service HS invite 1st- and 2nd-graders from nearby PS 5 to the school, where the teenage students design and teach lessons and do hands-on projects with the adoring younger students.
Would you believe it? More than 26,000 Teachers’ Retirement System members — approximately 22 percent of our members — have not filed a form designating one or more beneficiaries for their Qualified Pension Plan accounts.
President Trump’s Jan. 26 executive order puts the approximately 535,000 undocumented immigrants in New York City at risk of deportation, and their children who attend public schools now face being separated from their families.
Much research has described how academic achievement can suffer when a student changes schools mid-year, but new research in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis finds that the arrival of new students in the middle of the school year also hampers the academic performance of their classmates.
As a new teacher, you are bound to encounter situations with students that are challenging to navigate. If you find yourself in one of the following situations, here is some guidance for making a plan of action.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who chairs the union’s Welfare Fund Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that retirees will be receiving their Optional Rider reimbursement at the end of February.
This year’s reimbursement continues at the rate of up to $780 for retirees whose Optional Rider or health plan deduction was in effect for all of 2016. Retirees whose rider or health plan was in effect for less than 12 months will receive reimbursement at the rate of $65 per month. If the monthly deduction was not greater than $65, the Fund will cover the full monthly amount.
Checks are mailed to most retirees automatically. Any eligible member who retired in 2016 and has not received a reimbursement check by April 1 should download a 2016 Rider Claim Form from our website at www.uftwf.org. Retirees should submit this form a…
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 34.2 million people in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or over in 2015. You may find yourself in this situation: a caregiver for someone who is frail — your partner, parent, another relative or a close friend.