New York City parent leaders asked the UFT to join their campaign to end the Department of Education practice of providing student information for the charter sector to direct market their schools to public school families. Former Mayor Bloomberg and his schools Chancellor Joel Klein initiated the policy to help the charter industry expand. The time is long past for the DOE to stop distributing private student information for these direct marketing campaigns. The UFT signed onto the parents’ campaign and UFT President Michael Mulgrew wrote both Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza calling for them to end this policy.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent the following letters to Chancellor Carranza and Mayor de Blasio:
We strongly urge you to reverse the long-standing Department of Education policy of giving charter schools access to students’ personal information as a way to help the charter sector market their schools. Parent leaders from across New York City have reached out to us — outraged that the DOE continues a policy that is clearly an invasion of student privacy. We support the call from parent and community organizations to end this invasive practice.