Chapter Leader Update, April 21st, 2017

This Week’s Focus

In state budget, public schools gain $1.1 billion and millionaire’s tax is extended

The state budget agreement passed on April 9 included a $1.1 billion increase in statewide school aid. The budget also extends for two years the so-called millionaire’s tax, preserving up to $4.5 … Read More

Job Openings

The Open Market Transfer System (OMT) opens on Thursday, April 13th @ 9:00 AM.

Until then, if you want to get a head start on job openings please send us an email to solidaritycaucus@gmail.com or send a message to us (make sure you share with us your email). We … Read More

POSTPONED- Association for Union Democracy Conference: Impediments to Running for Union Office

This event has been postponed 

UFT Solidarity may have lost the 2016 UFT elections, but we haven’t stopped fighting for a more democratic union, that actually supports its members (and not leaderships’ pockets). We launched 16 election complaints that the UFT leadership obviously denied. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), … Read More

NYSAA: A Blackbox of DOE Malpractice

Teachers with alternate assessment students have been given their students’ expected NYSAA scores this week, and the outlook is grim.

Since a pilot last year, the math and ELA … Read More

The UFT’s NY Teacher is Devoid of Real Stories of our Members’ Issues

If you were not a member of the UFT, but still read the NY Teacher, you would think that everything is fine and dandy for UFT members on a local level.

There are keywords that will not show up in searches for news on the UFT’s website.

For example try … Read More

Chapter Leader Weekly, March 24th 2017

This Week’s Focus

City sets policy to protect immigrant students

With a federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants spreading fear among New York City’s immigrant communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on March 21 that schools will bar entry to immigration agents unless they have a warrant signed … Read More

Remove All Negative Observation Reports Older Than 3 Years Starting Today.

As most of you know, Article 21 of the contract allows you to remove negative material from your file after three years. Last week, UFT Solidarity member Francesco Portelos discussed “Spring Cleaning” your school personnel file on educatorfightsback.org

We are at the point that three years have passed since teachers … Read More

2017 -2018 NYC Public Schools’ Calendar

UFT Solidarity General Meeting March 8, 2017

Despite the uncertainties surrounding potential changes to education coming from the national forum, we have to continue to support our members locally. Please join us … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, February 10th 2017

This Week’s Focus

UFT delegates vote to endorse de Blasio for re-election

UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 8 to support Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election in November. UFT President Michael Mulgrew cited the mayor’s accomplishments over the past three years and said that he would be an important … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, February 3rd, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Needed: One more Republican senator to vote “no”

The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a final confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos on Monday or Tuesday. Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — announced on Feb. 1 that they will … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, January 27th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Show your love for public schools on Valentine’s Day

What better occasion to show your love for public schools than on Valentine’s Day? We’re asking chapter leaders to organize an event or celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to show how and why you love your school. Read More

Chapter Leader Update, January 20th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Organize a #PublicSchoolProud school-based project or event

Our public schools are in extreme danger. We cannot allow Betsy DeVos to disparage and defund our public schools. UFT members received an email asking them to sign up for our new #PublicSchoolProud … Read More

Legislators Sign Joint Statement in Support of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Did Yours?

If you are an advocate for public education, and have been following the news surrounding the nomination and confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, then you probably know why this letter is a problem.

Spoiler Alert: NY Senator Majority Leader  John Flanagan was one of … Read More

Side by Side Comparison of the Office of Special Commissioner’s DOE Statistics

In a perfect system of accountability, one would see something, say something, that something would be investigated and then rectified. Unfortunately, we are not in a perfect system. We see here from SCI’s own stats that most somethings are not investigated. Sure we can understand that there are some unwarranted and … Read More

Chapter Leader Weekly Update, January 13th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Cuomo pledges record-high education budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 9, in his first of six regional State of the State addresses, promised a record level of state school aid in the budget that is due on April 1. The Alliance for Quality Education calculates that Albany owes … Read More

Retired UFT Teacher Fact Checks Chancellor Fariña’s Letter to NY Post

Chancellor Fariña responded to a NY Post Editorial, about schools failing, with the letter below. 


While UFT Solidarity doesn’t categorizes our schools … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, January 6th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Sign up for the Women’s March in New York City or Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, tens of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., New York and other major cities … Read More

The NYCDOE’s Continuous Underhanded Attacks Against Retired Educators

Retired teachers have been contacting us shocked and disappointed that they cannot go back. They contact the union and are told “There’s nothing we can do, this is the DOE’s policy.” Read More

2017 – The Year of DOE UFT Accountability? 

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 brings you much happiness, hope, and health. Unfortunately, it will not be an easy year for public education locally, state-wide, or nationally. The emphasis on testing continues, teacher autonomy continues to be reduced, while paperwork and mandates increase. All this while we sometimes … Read More

New Evaluation System: New Measures, Same Old Problems

Once again, a predictable story is playing out. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina are touting the new evaluation system announced December 21st as a victory for teachers, parents and students. Once again, progressive teachers who want autonomy in the classroom and parents who want their … Read More

UFT and DOE Announce Updated Evaluation Agreement for 2016-2017

SPOILER ALERT: Highly Effective rated teachers still need a minimum of three observations a year. Teachers in Finland have no mandatory observations. Read More

Chapter Leader Update, December 16th, 2016

This Week’s Focus

Use our English Language Learner complaint form to advocate for your ELL students

The union’s English language learners complaint form is an important tool for UFT members to advocate for their English language learner students to ensure … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, December 9th, 2016

This Week’s Focus

Send a message to Betsy DeVos about what an education secretary should stand for

We who work inside New York City public schools know firsthand the power and promise of public education. We have devoted our lives to a vision of schooling that uplifts all children, regardless … Read More