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A Letter to Educators in Response to the St. Louis County Grand Jury Decision

Mark Otto | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
Mark Otto

There is no script for what to do with our students in situations like these, but I do believe that more than anything else, they need to feel loved and cared for. I ask that, regardless of how you are feeling, we all work hard to maintain safe spaces in our school and show each of our students how much we love them and care for them and that we want to keep them safe.

Stop the Co-location Squeeze

William Lynch III | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
William Lynch III

A new state law requires the city either to provide free space or pay rent for a charter school to occupy another space. However, we should not allow this encroachment on our already severely crunched public school space.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Fixing the Right Retention Crisis

TNTP | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education

Good schools cannot be run without good teachers, yet we let them slip out the door every day. We lose far too many outstanding early career teachers who could give us years of fantastic service.

Weingarten's AFL-CIO Power

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

I think Weingarten is positioning AFT to be the key in the AFL-CIO endorsement of Cuomo for Democratic candidate for president. Sure, he's playing coy with the press for now by not openly declaring his candidacy, but stay tuned. I think it's Coming To A Theater Near You.

Sending Teachers Back to Class

TNTP | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education

The ATR pool and its steep price tag isn't new -- my organization first wrote about it more than six years ago -- and virtually everyone agrees that the city should stop paying teachers not to teach. The trickier question is how exactly to close the ATR pool.

NYC Mayoral Candidates Vie For Teachers' Support

Newsday | Posted 07.12.2013 | New York

Six mayoral candidates battling for the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers pledged Saturday to rid the school system of many of the poli...

Ed Tonight: Michael Bloomberg's Rough Week With Labor, Graduation Rate Increases

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

A Somewhat Happy Education Headline? America's students are graduating high school at higher rates, according to a new Harvard report (via the Wall Street Journal.) In 2000, researchers found, 77.6 percent of Americans ages 20-24 had high school diplomas; 10 years later, 83.7 percent of that same group held diplomas. "The improvement was particularly sharp among blacks and Hispanics," WSJ reports. "For instance, in 2000, 61.2% of black men between 20 and 24 had finished high school; in 2010, 72.0% of black men in that age bracket had." But even so, 20 percent of American men between 20 and 24 -- and 14 percent of women -- still lack that crucial certification.

City Scrubs Failing Teachers' Records If They Leave District

Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

Failing New York City teachers can have their poor ratings scrubbed from the record if they strike a deal with the city to quit or retire, according t...

Mayor Bloomberg Compares United Federation of Teachers to NRA

Yetta Kurland | Posted 03.08.2013 | New York
Yetta Kurland

For those of us who have had a career as a teacher, Mayor Bloomberg's statement likening members of the United Federation of Teachers to the NRA was stingingly hurtful.

Our (Extra)ordinary Public Schools

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Randi Weingarten

The instinct we saw at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I have seen many times over. It is a teacher's instinct to love, serve and protect their students. And it's what we saw following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Here, as we approach the holidays, is that story.

New York City Students To Make Up Days Missed From Hurricane Sandy

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

City officials announced Monday that New York City students will see their weeklong winter break cut short by three days to make up the school days mi...

The UFT, Charter Schools and What Really Matters for Kids

Paula White | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Paula White

As members of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) often say, charter schools are no silver bullet for fixing education. No greater proof point exists for this statement than the alarming failure of the UFT Charter School in New York City.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

New York Public School Class Size 'Absurd,' Union Leader Says | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Nearly half of New York City’s public schools have classrooms that are more crowded than the teachers' union contract allows -- a “ver...

Low-Wage Earners Seek Respect and a Living Wage

Pearl Korn | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Could it be that they see the handwriting on the wall, that they, too, may one day become low-wage earners, as their bargaining rights and benefits are decimated across the country?

Myles Miller

Fewer Teachers Get Tenure In New York City Schools | Myles Miller | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

New York City principals have rooted out their worst teachers as tenure numbers dipped to new lows. Only 58 percent of eligible teachers were grant...

Union And City Reach Agreement On Teacher Grading System

Posted 09.16.2011 | Education

The New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers agreed Friday on an evaluation and compensation system at 33 failing c...

The NYC DOE Needs an A-Team

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The way to make genuine change in a system that is failing hundreds of thousands of children is to revitalize the weakest schools.

RIP Stu Schmelz, the Last of the Great Educators

Peter Zucker | Posted 07.24.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I have known Stu for almost 16 years. I met him the very first day I started teaching. I took an instant liking to Stu. Even then, way back in 1995, Stu knew how to fix the schools.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Sues New York City Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- The battle between New York City's teachers union and its school officials reached its latest crescendo in the form of a lawsuit Wednesday...

Matt Sledge

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Teachers Swarm Wall Street In Protest | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.12.2011 | New York

Thousands of teachers, social workers, union members and more took part in a march Thursday against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plans for wide-ranging b...

NYC Teachers Take on the Mayor and the Banks

Alan Singer | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

New York City teachers and the United Federation of Teachers have initiated a militant and radical response to the latest budget cut proposals made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A Primer On How To Defeat Mike Mulgrew

Peter Zucker | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

In March of 2010 we had the elections for the United Federation of Teachers. Somehow, someway, the Unity caucus, headed by President Mike Mulgrew, received 91 percent of the vote.

Is This the Teachers Unions Alamo or a Chance for Resurgence?

Robert Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robert Schwartz

Whether it's under the guise of education reform or an opportunistic power grab, life as union members know it may be changing forever.

Teachers Union Spends Millions On Parties, Dinners, DVDs

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The Daily News today is drawing some attention the The United Federation of Teachers' spending. Namely, that they spent $1.4 million on a 50th anniver...