A coalition of 22 state attorneys general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold existing law that protects the right of public-sector unions to collect “fair share” fees from workers who do not choose to join the union but are covered by collective-bargaining agreements that benefit them.
The high court’s decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association has grave implications for organized labor throughout the country, said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the coalition that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
“This case has the potential to undermine the vital protections that unions…
UFT’s five parent conferences, held in each borough in the fall, have a common theme: strengthening the connection between home and school. These five parents share what they most enjoyed, what they will bring back to their school communities and what they can apply to their own family lives from this year’s conferences.
Seven school chapters that stood out in this spring’s #AllKidsNeed campaign to protect public education were honored at this year's Teacher Union Day. While each school took a different approach, they all made the point that educators are the solution, not the problem.
Meet-and-greet events, held in each of the UFT borough offices this fall, gave new members the opportunity to hear from Michael Mulgrew and Chancellor Carmen Fariña, both of whom dispensed advice and answered questions.
Following the extraordinary mobilization of hundreds of school communities in defense of public education last spring, Teacher Union Day this year had a new focus: honoring seven school chapters for going above and beyond in the fight against Gov. Cuomo.
At one table, a group of 5th-graders is looking up the ingredients for stuffed acorn squash by scanning codes into classroom iPods. At another, the students are reading about the history of acorn squash and other Native American foods.
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, it’s the perfect lesson for Beth Reed’s 5th-grade wellness class at the Brooklyn Arbor School in Williamsburg.
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But this is no desk-bound exercise. In another part of the classroom, a group of students is busy draining cans of beans and corn, while others begin chopping sage and thyme from the classroom’s own herb garden.
Over the course of the period, each group will rotate through all the work stations, and by the end of the class they’ll all have had a hand in…
Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx opened in 2006, one of six small high schools that opened when the Bloomberg administration closed William Howard Taft HS. Nine years later, this arts-oriented high school is now facing the threat of state receivership. The common denominator between the old school and the new is the kind of students it serves.
On Sept. 11, 2001, AyishaIrfan believed herself to be just another Brooklyn-born 13-year-old. “When I woke up the next morning, everything had changed dramatically,” says Irfan, now 27, and an analyst in charge of education, justice and policing for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
Need a bike? Looking for new insurance? Hiring an ad agency? You could find all that and more at the Nov. 6 Virtual Enterprise networking event and trade fair at Long Island City’s Academy of Finance and Enterprise.
It was a brisk, clear fall night at the White House when Brooklyn International HS senior Sofy Alvarez stepped out of the crowd of astronauts, students, congressmen and astronomy fans to show President Barack Obama how to use a reflecting telescope.
The decibel level was off the charts as 150 children from homeless shelters across the city celebrated Thanksgiving at UFT headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 21, before heading home with new winter jackets, scarves, hats and gloves donated by members and others.
In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiffs challenge the “fair share” requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services.
A nationwide drop in math performance this year on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams spurred questions about whether the Common Core standards were to blame. A new study shows that the questions on the NAEP test actually aligned quite closely with new standards.
In her time as a paraprofessional, Carolyn Bonaparte-Jones has assisted many fine special education teachers, but no one came close to LailaElhanafy. “From the first day of school, everyone loved Laila," she said.
In order to reach out to all our members, the RTC holds regular monthly meetings here at union headquarters and annual meetings here in the Greater New York area and all over the country where our retirees have relocated. The annual meetings are most often scheduled from January through March but there are a few as early as October.
These annual meetings focus on health, pension, social service and continuing education issues with member and local problems considered and questions answered. My role at these meetings is to offer an overall perspective on what is happening at the UFT and on national and political issues in general. This column is a précis of issues to be covered, understanding that, as with any lesson plan, timely updates will be added as events unfold.
Our in-service colleagues are benefiting from some positive attitudinal changes. After 20 years of mayors who blamed and insulted classroom educators and their union, the current mayor is supportive of their efforts. Chancellor Carmen Fariña, an educator who came up through the ranks, is setting a good tone. Some of the old guard administrators however have not yet gotten the message so recently UFT President Michael Mulgrew publicly criticized the continual mistreatment of hard…