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NYC, slash class sizes now

The New York City Council bill to reduce class sizes in our public schools is designed to protect our children’s health and their academic prospects by ensuring adequate space for every student in every classroom.

Paraprofessional Lead Teacher Assistant

A rigorous curriculum in every school

We want to create classrooms that acknowledge the diverse talents, gifts, and learning styles of each and every student. The entire point is to ensure that the materials used better reflect the myriad of identities contained in each school and classroom.

Michael Mulgrew

Good Riddance to NYC’s Absent Teacher Reserve Pool. It Was a Bad Idea from the Start.

The Absent Teacher Reserve pool — an initiative that wasted both teacher talent and taxpayer funds — is coming to an end. Its demise is long overdue.

Three people sit at desks in a classroom all wearing masks

To reopen schools, do three things

The city has to show all parents that the public schools this fall are not just safe, but are also the best place their kids can be.

Scanning students for fever

In schools, safety matters most

The arrival of vaccines against the coronavirus is the news we have been waiting for — the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But we can’t let that good news lead the city to abandon a careful approach to getting and keeping our schools open.

Woman sitting at a desk typing on a laptop keyboard

How to fix remote learning in NYC

So far, the logistical and safety challenges of re-opening schools have been met. But despite enormous efforts by teachers, remote learning — something more than 540,000 kids now rely on all the time, and the rest rely on all or part of the time — is still lagging.

Lab tech holding a beaker

The kind of testing schools really need

The state and the city have the time in the coming months to create a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to safely reopen school buildings and bring teachers and children back together.

Health Insurance Claim Form on a clipboard with a calculator and credit card

UFT position on Medicaid redesign

New York City cannot absorb $1.1 billion in new Medicaid costs as part of the state’s efforts to shift its own financial responsibilities onto local communities.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew

Excluding the Neediest Students is Key to Top Charter Schools’ Success

New York City’s charter schools have a history of shutting the schoolhouse door to many of our neediest children, such as English language learners, special education students or those from the poorest families. Charters as a group enroll a significantly smaller percentage of such pupils than the public schools.

In Lianne Erosa’s 1st-grade class at PS 72, students work to design a bridge tha

Expand gifted and talented education

We need to expand and not contract, much less eliminate, specialized programs for high-achieving youngsters.