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

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

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

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

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

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

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