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Q & A on the issues

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.

Student Debt Relief Program for members

The UFT launched the Student Debt Relief Program in late 2018 after members told the union the burden of student debt is one of their most pressing concerns. Since then, more than 1,500 members have seen a reduction in their monthly payments and look forward to significant loan forgiveness after 10 years. Here's what you need to know about the program.

Testing and promotion

With testing season fast approaching, it’s a good time to review the Department of Education’s current policies regarding testing accommodations, alternate assessments and modified promotion criteria for students with disabilities. 

Census 2020

The next United States Census is scheduled for 2020, and the UFT is working to encourage participation in this collection of vital data. 

Integrated Co-Teaching classes

Integrated Co-Teaching classes provide students with disabilities with access to the general education curriculum as well as to specially designed instruction to meet their individual needs. But for the ICT model to work, checks and balances must be in place to ensure that students get the instructional support they need. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about ICT classes.

FAQ on school library media specialist roles and responsibilities

Librarians are valuable colleagues in schools, but often their role is misunderstood. Here is a FAQ to answer many of the questions you may have.

Teachers and the observation process

The UFT seized the opportunity presented by the 2018 contract negotiations with the city Department of Education to revise the teacher evaluation system to focus on quality of observations rather than quantity and to incorporate meaningful professional development as part of the process. Here’s what you can expect for the 2019–20 school year.

What you need to know about transferring schools

If you want a new opportunity, wish to be closer to home or have been placed in excess, the Open Market Transfer Plan gives you the chance to apply for a position at another school.