Chapter Leader Weekly Update, June 23rd, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Nominate your school or a UFT member for a #PublicSchoolProud award

When U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemned public schools as “failing,” school communities across the city united in a campaign to show her the incredible teaching and learning that takes place every day in our … Read More

UFT Members Resort to Emailing HELP@UFTSOLIDARITY.ORG

Approximately a year ago, we created help@uftsolidarity.org. An email sent to that address is forwarded to over a dozen UFT Solidarity members. Read More

Chapter Leader Weekly Update, June 16th

This Week’s Focus

Apply for the UFT Chapter Advocate Program

Chapter leaders who would like extra support building their school chapters may apply to the UFT Chapter Advocate Program. A chapter advocate works in collaboration with your district rep to support you and your members in creating … Read More

A Handbook for DOE Staff Rated Under Old S/U System

It’s that time of year. No, not just summer vacation, but many will get their rating sheets. You may or may not be … Read More

Chapter Leader Weekly Update, June 2nd 2017

This Week’s Focus

Share a short clip of your school’s graduation

As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes school vouchers as an alternative to “failing” public schools, it’s time to remind the public that New York City public schools have a record-high graduation rate. That’s why we are … Read More

Chapter Leader Update, May 26th 2017

This Week’s Focus

Send a letter to DeVos protesting her cruel education budget

The Trump-DeVos budget unveiled on May 23 is cruel to children and catastrophic to public schools. The Trump-DeVos budget slashes federal spending for teacher development, after-school enrichment, class-size reduction and career and technical education, … Read More

UFT Solidarity General Meeting Friday June 2nd

Solidarity continues to provided specific individualized support for members and schools. Our help@uftsolidarity.org email address has received over 240 emails from members since last year, in addition to many social media messages and calls. Why us when there’s a union paid by our dues? That’s what we want to … Read More

US Department of Labor to Investigate UFT Unity Election Practices

A year later, after jumping through hoops, and having nearly 16 alleged election violations dismissed by the UFT and AFT, the US Department of Labor has opened their own investigation. Read More

Report NYC DOE Substitute Teacher Abuse

UFT Solidarity members have heard, and witnessed, that some schools take away preps from substitute teachers. Substitutes are some of the most venerable members with … Read More

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

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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