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Parents can opt in to protect children's privacy

New York City parents can now protect their personal information from charter schools seeking to poach children from the public schools they attend.

Mulgrew responds to new DOE policy allowing public school parents to opt out of charter school mailing lists

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the DOE's announcement that it would protect public school students' privacy by allowing their parents to opt out of mailing lists that the DOE provides to charter schools to recruit...

Task force seeks more freedom to reject Calif. charters

A California task force on charter schools delivered a report to Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 7 that recommends local school districts have more leeway in deciding whether to approve new charter schools by including criteria like saturation and need for...

Teach for America helps charter movement

The Walton Family Foundation, created by the founder of Walmart, failed to reveal that its $20 million grant to Teach For America in 2013 to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools had unusual terms intended to boost charter...

Additional UFT filings in charter school teacher certification case

In the latest filings in the charter school certification case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew charged that the new State University of New York rules weakening licensing requirements for charter instructors “will permit New York children to be taught...

Additional UFT filings in charter school teacher certification case

In the latest filings in the charter school certification case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew charged that the new State University of New York rules weakening licensing requirements for charter instructors “will permit New York children to be taught...

Crisis-in-waiting

New York City has reached the legal limit of charter schools, which has prompted a big push by charter advocates to raise the cap. Albany needs to stand firm.

Lifting New York City charter cap could cripple public schools

This year, the legal cap was reached. While the charter sector is pushing Albany to raise the cap, public school communities are saying enough is enough.

Mulgrew calls on DOE to stop providing student information to charters

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined a group of New York City parent leaders in calling on DOE Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio to end the DOE's practice of sharing student information with charter schools.

UFT analysis reveals 50,000 charter seats now approved but not filled; union calls for freeze on charter expansions

Rather than raise the existing charter cap, legislators should halt planned growth; then hold charters accountable for admission and discipline policies and how they spend public dollars.