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Mayor threatens to cut school budgets

As Gov. Kathy Hochul considers signing state legislation to reduce class sizes in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is threatening cuts to next year’s school budgets even as he sits on billions of dollars of federal education aid.

From fidgeting to focusing

Sensory tools that have long helped special education students calm down and stay alert in the classroom are now helping general education students ease back into in-person learning.

Bridging the post-pandemic learning gap

Helping students rebound from the pandemic, both academically and emotionally, is a union priority as all students return in September for in-person learning.

Making classrooms a place for healing

The UFT, drawing on City Council funding, has developed a two-hour training session that is being offered to all educators this spring and will teach simple strategies they can incorporate into their daily practice to help them assess and respond to...

Understanding bias and how it affects us

We all carry biases and can benefit from a better understanding of how they affect our relationships with others, personally and professionally.

State lawmakers attend UFT forum

The UFT welcomed newly elected and veteran state lawmakers to a breakfast forum on Dec. 18 to educate them about three union-backed education initiatives that need funding in the upcoming state budget: the UFT Teacher Center, UFT Community Learning...

Positive Learning Collaborative

The Positive Learning Collaborative (PLC) is a partnership between the United Federation of Teachers and the NYC Department of Education that helps schools ensure every child develops the social, emotional and academic skills needed to succeed in...

Testimony regarding special education instruction and achievement & Int. 0435: Mandating Special Education Services Reporting

Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education and Sub-Committee on Non-Public Schools about the Int. 0435 bill mandating special education services reporting.

Testimony regarding the FY 2014-15 education expense & capital budgets

The UFT submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the 2014-15 education expense and capital budgets.

Testimony on a bill to mandate door alarms on all exit doors in all elementary schools and buildings with District 75 programs

UFT Vice President for Special Education Carmen Alvarez testified that placing alarms on the exit doors of all elementary schools and all buildings that house District 75 programs, as Int. 0131 calls for, may help in alerting school staff once a...