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Dial-A-Teacher phone lines open

New York Teacher

Tell your students: If they need homework help, the UFT’s award-winning Dial-A-Teacher service is open for business.

The help line, beginning its 38th year, assists students and parents struggling with homework assignments from 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday to Thursday when school is in session. All they have to do is call 212-777-3380 and a qualified, licensed classroom teacher will be at their service.

In recent years, the Dial-A-Teacher staff has fielded nearly 70,000 calls annually.

“We’re so glad we’re able to provide the assistance that students and parents need,” said Anthony Harmon, the UFT’s director for parent and community outreach.

Dial-A-Teacher staffers are qualified and experienced in all subject areas. They can handle questions in 10 languages: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

The program is fully computerized. Teachers can communicate online with students at all levels and download their assignments so they can better guide them as the students work through challenges.

The City Council boosted funding for the Dial-A-Teacher program from $65,000 last school year to $215,000 this school year.