An independent arbitrator has ruled in a precedent-setting decision that the Department of Education improperly denied retention rights to a teacher for Regents scoring in June on the grounds that she had not participated in scoring Regents the previous January.
New York City public school students were among millions who took to the streets in more than 150 countries on Sept. 20 for a climate strike, led by young people leaving their classrooms to demand action on the climate crisis that threatens their futures.
Florence Conlon wore a UFT Strides T-shirt over her pink sweater, and a pink bandanna was wrapped around her neck — wise choices for a chilly overcast day at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. But the most important accessory Conlon wore was the sash with one word printed on it: "Survivor."
UFT members were among the thousands of educators, parents and students who turned out on Oct. 13 for a day of celebration of public schools organized by United Way of New York City.
“I’m here because public schools are the only way forward for an equitable education for all,” said Raphael Tomkin, a special education teacher and chapter leader at PS 333 in Manhattan.
A Teachers Recognition Breakfast hosted by United Way and the UFT was followed by United Way’s March United for Public Schools, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to demonstrate the importance of public education.
After the march, participants gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the children’s “Future Festival,” which included student musicians and dancers, Big Apple Circus performers, a bubble garden, face-painting, a reading tent and more.
“Each day at school, I look forward to a young student going from ‘I can’t. Help me,’ to ‘Look at me! I did it,’” said Teresa Bello, a pre-K special education teacher at PS 185 in Manhattan who was among the public school educators honored at the breakfast organized by UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford.
Fifth-graders from PS 194 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, repeated the cries that once echoed around the busy port of New York as they raised the sail on an 1885 cargo ship during a class trip to Manhattan’s South Street Seaport Museum on Oct. 7.
PS 175 Chapter Leader Tanya Pragados stood her ground against her principal when she tried to unilaterally departmentalize two 3rd-grade classes without the contractually required school-based option vote.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at the first Delegate Assembly of the school year on Oct. 16 that the union would like every school district to have a political action team in place to keep friends of public education in office and get adequate funding for schools.
The UFT offers high-quality courses and workshops designed and delivered by teachers and other educators through the UFT Teacher Center and LearnUFT and at its citywide conferences and summer institutes.
Whether it’s excessive paperwork, lack of basic instructional supplies or inadequate space, when issues arise that impede our work with students and need addressing, a timely resolution is of the essence.
Teachers can now earn their MA+30 salary differential by taking new A+ courses designed specifically to support what teachers do every day in their classrooms. The courses are accessible and affordable.
Integrated Co-Teaching classes provide students with disabilities with access to the general education curriculum as well as to specially designed instruction to meet their individual needs. But for the ICT model to work, checks and balances must be in place to ensure that students get the instructional support they need. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about ICT classes.
We all encounter difficult people in our lives. Whether it’s a family member, a co-worker or a supervisor, difficult people can turn a good day into a bad one if you don’t have strategies for dealing with the challenge.
We’ve seen a dramatic drop in the number of oversize classes early in the school year — thanks to class-size reduction provisions negotiated as part of the 2018 Department of Education-UFT contract that were designed to get faster relief for teachers and students.
There is something commendable about the mayor and the school chancellor’s efforts to integrate New York City schools. However, their emphasis on the end goal of integration as opposed to the means of achieving such an end result is misguided.
Roy Ehrlick, a former colleague at IS 143 in Manhattan who passed away earlier this fall, was the most selfless person I have ever known. He was a teacher 24 hours a day and available to students 365 days a year.
Imagine Schools NYC starts where it should — in the community. Educators, parents, students and the surrounding community will craft proposals about the kind of new schools they want to see built in their neighborhoods.
In June 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced a major expansion of programs to address social-emotional learning across New York City public schools, which will provide every school with access to a social-emotional curriculum.
New daytime instructors are needed. Please send your resume and a cover letter, including the topic you are interested in teaching, to: UFTWF Retiree Programs, 52 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10004, Attn: Lynn Lospenuso. You can also send an email to Lynn.Lospenuso@uftwf.org.
In accordance with the 2014 UFT contract, all UFT-represented employees who worked from 2009 to 2018 (or a portion of that period) received a lump-sum payment in October 2019. The payment represents 25 percent of the money owed in 2018. There will be one more payment in October 2020.
More than 100 retirees who were hospitalized last year received a daily, reassuring phone call from a geriatric social worker as part of the extensive support system the union’s Retiree Social Services provides for UFT retirees across the country and their family members.