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Defend children’s right to shelter

Mayor Eric Adams has introduced a new policy to limit families with children to a 60-day stay in shelters. Sign this petition calling on the mayor to reverse this policy before it creates chaos in our schools and harms families who are the most in...

Managing the newcomer crisis

Some 30 educators, academics, activists and representatives from community-based organizations gathered together on Nov. 29 for a Summit to Support Newcomers to discuss how to best assist educators confronted with the thousands of asylum-seeking...

Unfair evictions

As we enter the coldest months of the year, many asylum-seeking families who endured great hardship to reach New York City are facing additional trauma as Mayor Eric Adams’ administration prepares to evict them from emergency shelters.

How educators are helping

School communities have pulled together to care for and educate tens of thousands of newcomer students, many of whom have arrived in New York City with little more than the clothes on their backs. The UFT hosted a listening session on Oct. 25 to...

Dial-a-Teacher ready to help

Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s free homework helpline, is back with a new focus for its 43rd year: helping asylum-seeking students.
The helpline, which fields about 40,000 calls a year, offers K-12 students and their parents live homework support from...

Supporting migrant students

Public school educators across the city have stepped up to address the educational, socio-emotional and economic needs of the 6,000 migrant students, shipped from Texas, who have arrived in city schools this fall.

'Tolerance is not enough'

Speak Truth to Power, a collaboration between Discovery Education and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights supported by the union, illuminates students’ and teachers’ roles in fighting human rights abuses and offers educational experiences and online tools...

AFT, UFT educators hit wall in border visit

A group, led by AFT President Randi Weingarten and UFT/AFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, scheduled tour to check on the educational services being provided to the migrant children were met by armed border patrol agents when they refused to leave...

Keeping the Dream alive

The Dream Project, a partnership between Sacramento City College and area public schools, is but one example of the sort of educator-led projects that have sprung up across the country to protect and support undocumented children attending public...

Resolution in support of immigrant new Yorkers

The UFT will continue to work with the DOE and the City of New York to inform, assist, and protect immigrant families.