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The truth about Friedrichs

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.

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Getting standards right

There is a place in education for standards and standardized exams aligned to them. The problem is that they have been used improperly, not just in New York but all across our nation.

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A year to celebrate

Here’s the truth that needs to be told: Each and every day, in every classroom in every school building, you are doing amazing work with your students under very challenging circumstances.

Supporting each other to strengthen our schools and profession

Calling this a challenging school year would be an understatement. Every educator I speak to is exhausted and more than ready for a well-earned summer break.

Our three priorities

Although the end is in sight, we still have much to do before the end of the school year and of the legislative session in Albany and the adoption of the final city budget for the next fiscal year.

Fixing federal law to solve a crisis

High-stakes testing was not part of Johnson’s vision for our schools; it was introduced by the Bush administration in 2001. And it has been a disaster.

Speaking out made a difference

Every phone call, every Facebook post, every sign you made — it all helped move the needle and educate the public on the truth behind the governor’s proposals.

People power

Our message is simple: The governor must fairly fund our city and state’s public schools. Everything else is a distraction.

Cuomo's out of touch

Governor, hundreds of teachers across the city and state have invited you to visit their classrooms to see how education works on the ground and what our kids need in order to succeed. You haven’t responded. Apparently you’re afraid of teachers.

Cut class size by closing tax loopholes

I hope that each and every one of you had a happy and restful holiday break, and I wish you all the best for the new year that is now beginning.