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United Federation of Teachers

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Advice to the New Mayor: Ignore The New York Times

Alan Singer | Posted 02.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In a recent editorial, The New York Times offered Bill de Blasio their advice on educational policy. My advice to the new mayor who takes office on January 1, 2014 and the new School Chancellor is to ignore The New York Times as much as possible.

Redefining and Rebuilding the Teachers' Union

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.

A Common Enemy

The New York Times | Posted 07.30.2013 | New York

Alarmed by Eliot Spitzer’s momentum in his unexpected bid to win citywide office, an unlikely coalition of business leaders, women’s groups and la...

NYC Teachers Union To Pick NYC Mayoral Candidate

Newsday | Matthew Chayes | Posted 08.17.2013 | New York

The delegates of the United Federation of Teachers gather Wednesday to endorse a mayoral candidate, and their leader vows to accomplish a feat that ha...

Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?

Alan Singer | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

Teachers are being told that while there is no official lesson plan design, they better follow the recommended one if they expect to pass the upcoming evaluations.

Major Decision On NYC Teacher Evaluations

| Posted 08.03.2013 | New York

By Janon Fisher NEW YORK CITY — The state education commissioner cut through the impasse between the teacher's union and the city Saturday and ha...

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...

What We're For

Brad Lander | Posted 07.06.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

It is true that the members of the Progressive Caucus are working closely with labor unions and community groups to help bring about a more progressive New York City? It's not a secret conspiracy. We've been writing about it for months.

Where Does A Teacher’s Dues Check Go?

| Sarah Darville | Posted 03.14.2013 | New York

Every two weeks, $49.89 is taken out of New York City teachers’ paychecks as union dues. Other jobs have different dues amounts, ranging from $24.95...

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...

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...

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

New York Public School Class Size 'Absurd,' Union Leader Says

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

NY Teachers Union Official Accuses Mayor, Campbell Brown Of 'Blood Libel'

Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

The ongoing feud between former CNN host Campbell Brown and the American Federation of Teachers reached a fever pitch on Sunday, when the New York Cit...

Judge Blocks City's Sweeping Plan To Close Schools, Fire Thousands Of Teachers

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

New York City suffered yet another round of defeat Tuesday in an effort to shutter 24 city schools, fire much of their teachers and administrative sta...

NYC's School Closing Gambit Leaves Students Behind

Gail Robinson | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

New York City's efforts to fire half the staffs at 24 struggling schools took another turn last week -- and like everything that has happened in the last six months at these schools, the latest twist seems unlikely to help the students.

Millions Spent On Improving Teachers, But Little Done To Make Sure It's Working

| Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Helping struggling teachers improve has become a big concern–and a big business–across...

Making Teachers Successful: A New Approach

Tom Allon | Posted 05.07.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Schools are about children and their teachers and the system we have now fails them both. The reason for this generation-long failure seems to be a mystery.

Why Would Any Sane Person Want to Teach?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The latest skirmish in the education wars came as the New York Times published performance rankings for New York City public school teachers. Teachers don't need metrics-driven scolding. They need small classes, professional development and moral support.

New York Teacher Ratings Produce A Rallying Cry For The Union

The New York Times | Fernanda Santos | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

In the days leading up to the release of ratings for thousands of New York City public-school teachers on Friday, hundreds of e-mails poured into the ...

States Backtracked On Reform Commitments, Face Threats To Federal Funds

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Several states that won a slice of the U.S. Department of Education's $4.3 billion Race to the Top competition have had to delay plans to imp...

Toilets Bring Relief To Occupy Wall Street

AP | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 01.05.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- They may still be laboring to change the quality of life for the 99 percent, but Wall Street protesters have made some progress near their...

Educating for Democracy: Occupying the Future

Joel Shatzky | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

In contrast to the Congressional wranglers that seem unable to think out of the box, especially since they've nailed themselves inside the box, the OWS seems to be moving toward Occupying the Future.

Joy Resmovits

Protesters Affiliated With Occupy Wall Street Disrupt Department Of Education Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.25.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- When New York City schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stood up to face a full Seward Park High School auditorium on the Lower East Side Tue...