UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned the Delegate Assembly on April 17 that anti-union forces looking to take advantage of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in the Janus case have begun their efforts to weaken New York City public school teachers’ collective power.
Tennessee is on track to create a new state commission that could override local governments’ attempts to limit charter school expansion. Legislation to establish the commission passed both houses of the state Legislature, and Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, is expected to sign it.
The UFT achieved its long-sought goal of eliminating the requirement that student test scores be a factor in the Annual Professional Performance Review process in the state budget approved by the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 31.
The former colleagues of murdered teacher Jeanine Cammarata want #JusticeforJeanine, as the trending hashtag spells out. But the UFT members at the schools where Cammarata worked also expressed hope her death would shed light on the evil of domestic violence.
[[nid:111793; float: right; styleName:article_x_medium_auto]]When Karla Jones’ son Nathan started kindergarten at PS/IS 109 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in September 2017, he spent most of his time crying. Jones remembers how his teacher, Zenzile DaBreo, sat her down and told her, “We’re going to come up with a plan, and if you work with me, he’ll be at the top of the class when he leaves.”
Sure enough, Nathan is now a thriving 2nd-grader — a testament, Jones believes, to DaBreo’s steady guidance.
“She is a dedicated, excellent teacher,” Jones says, “and she deserves every accolade you can think of.”
In November 2018, thanks to nominations from Jones and several other parents of DaBreo’s former students, DaBreo was honored with the Sanford Teacher Award as the “most inspirational teacher” in New York State.
“She is inspirational to work with,” says Stefanie Castagliola, a 1st-grade teac…
The union spirit reigns in the shop classes at Aviation HS in Long Island City, where the class is run as a simulated unionized workplace. Teachers José Vaz and Antonio Pepenella instituted the practice five years ago to give the students a taste of the kinds of unionized jobs they’re likely to find in the aviation industry.
Melissa Alvarez, the chapter leader at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens, used the new dispute resolution process in the DOE-UFT contract to get a speedy response to a safety violation: no teacher assigned to the high school’s SAVE room.
Carmen Alvarez, the UFT’s first vice president for special education, and Ellen Procida, the former director of the union’s Grievance Department, both recently retired, were honored at the union’s HERstory brunch on March 31 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.
Are you planning to retire soon from active employment? If so, you’ll need to maintain your UFT membership as a retiree to continue participating in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs and services.
In the fall of 2018, the Teachers’ Retirement System announced an operational change that will save money and be good for the environment: TRS stopped mailing paper Quarterly Account Statements to retirement system members it can reach via email.
At long last, the New York State Legislature that is more inclined to support pro-teacher, pro-public school policies. There was no lifting of the charter cap included in this year’s budget. But the charter school industry has regrouped. This fight is not over.
Today, like never before, our collective bargaining rights, benefits and protections are under fire. Our enemies will spread rumors and misinformation designed to undermine working people. They will pretend to be our friends when their goal is to hurt us. If we fall prey to their lies, we risk losing everything.
As technology has developed, so have methods for using technology to learn a language. These programs aren’t meant as a replacement for in-class language instruction, but they can be effective supports to extend and continue learning both in and out of the classroom.
In my 3rd-grade classroom, my students use thinking maps — which are not graphic organizers! — to represent their ideas. Each type of thinking map connects a basic cognitive skill with a visual representation.
Most of our retired members on Medicare should have received their 2018 Medicare Reimbursement by May 1, 2019. The 2018 Medicare Part B Reimbursement will be electronically deposited into the same account as the pension payment.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently asked me to fill its held position on the Senior Council of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Since the Council’s purpose is to offer advice on strategic issues and policies important to retirees’ economic security and general livelihood, I gladly agreed.