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Beefing up bilingual & ENL ranks

With more than 20,000 asylum-seeking children now enrolled in New York City public schools, the UFT was able to negotiate a new incentive program and certification changes in an effort to expand the number of bilingual education and English as a New...

Gov. Hochul signs law to spur teacher recruitment

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed state legislation at UFT headquarters on Sept. 6 to spur teacher recruitment, with a focus on increasing diversity, across the state. The state needs about 180,000 teachers in the next decade to meet workforce needs, she said...

Newest teachers ‘excited’ to join UFT

More than 1,500 new teachers signed their union cards at the opening day of the Department of Education’s annual New Teacher Week on Aug. 28. 

Survey: 53% of public schools understaffed

Fifty-three percent of public school leaders felt their schools were understaffed as they began the 2022-23 academic year, according to survey results released Sept. 27 by the U.S. Department of Education.

Who will teach the kids?

Wage gaps, lack of public support, burnout, a strong emphasis on testing, and cultural and political wars are all factors in a nationwide teacher shortage that has many school systems struggling.

Join the RTC!

Become a member of the UFT!

Denver teachers earn $9,000 more after strike

One year after Denver’s first teacher strike in a quarter century, public school educators are earning an average of $9,000 more per year.

Teacher prep enrollment drops sharply

Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has declined across the United States by more than a third since 2010, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress

Low pay pushing teachers out of the profession

Fifty percent of teachers say they’ve considered leaving the profession over low pay, stress and a lack of respect.

Testimony regarding teacher preparation and training

Christina Collins, the director of research and policy at the UFT Teacher Center, testified on behalf of UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus before the New York City Council Joint Hearing of the Committees on Education and Higher...