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Voting in your chapter elections

This spring, UFT members will elect union representatives at the school level and for functional chapters. We answer many common questions about how school chapter elections are run and how to cast your vote.

Looseleafs labeled Retirement plan and Pension

Early Retirement Incentive

Information about the early retirement plan approved by New York State for UFT members in 2021. 

Teacher evaluation for the 2020-21 school year

A teacher evaluation plan has been approved for the 2020-21 school year to reflect the new landscape of education in New York City and to keep things fair for teachers.

UFT vaccine program

We answer some of your most common questions about immunization and the UFT’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program for members.

Fulfilling your CTLE requirements

In 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted standards that require certain teachers and paraprofessionals to collect and track professional learning credits called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. The following Q&A will help you learn more about how to fulfill your CTLE requirements.

COVID-19 in-school testing

The city has agreed to more frequent and aggressive testing, which is now mandated and administered weekly. As you work to keep your school communities safe, we answer your most frequently asked questions about current COVID-19 testing procedures and policies. 

School Year 2020–21

As UFT members continue to navigate this extraordinary school year, the following Q&A answers some of the most-asked questions about safety, testing and tracing, remote work and student support.

School reopening

The DOE, in consultation with the UFT, has issued new protocols and procedures for staff for the 2020–21 school year. The following Q&A answers some of the most common questions about safety, instruction and student support. 

Q&A on Excessing

Excessing is the process of reducing staff in a particular school or office when the number of available positions in a title or license area in that school is lower than the number of people in the school who require an assignment in that title or license area.

The coronavirus era

Elements of the UFT-DOE contract do not translate easily to the remote era of teaching and learning, so the DOE, in consultation with the UFT, issued new guidance and created new protocols and procedures for school staff. This Q&A answers some of the most commonly asked questions.