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November 2, 2017
40 percent of teachers were gone from struggling New York City schools after two years, union data show
The teacher-turnover rate among schools in the "Renewal" program was far higher than the city's 23-percent average during the same period.
September 21, 2017
New York City teachers don’t get paid maternity leave. Their paychecks prove it
New York City teachers don't get paid maternity or family leave, a policy that takes a toll on teachers’ paychecks and creates deep gender inequity.
change over time
August 9, 2017
Why do New York City educators not get paid family leave? A teacher’s petition reignites a fight
Teachers union members must use their own accrued sick days to take time off after having a child.
draining the pool
August 3, 2017
NYC’s plan to place teachers from its Absent Teacher Reserve pool could take a bite out of school budgets
The pool has historically been made up of teachers who are more senior than average, and therefore more expensive.
June 8, 2017
Longtime principals union president Ernest Logan announces his retirement
Logan has served as president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators for nearly 11 years.
the final countdown
March 31, 2017
Hours left until budget deadline, New York state lawmakers squabble over charter schools
Charter school questions are one of the last things holding up the budget in Albany. Here's what you need to know.
January 19, 2017
UFT files labor complaint against KIPP charter school
"The UFT has never been involved in our school or raised any issues or concerns before now."
draining the pool
October 13, 2016
New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says
The number stands at 1,304 this October, which is a decrease of about 150 teachers from this time last year.
the educated voter
May 10, 2016
As city teachers vote, union chief Mulgrew faces small but spirited group of challengers
Disappointment drove second-grade teacher Michelle Baptiste to run for a seat in this month’s union elections. She watched with dismay as the city’s United…
get out the vote
May 2, 2016
First Person: For New York City teachers, there’s more than one important election in 2016
Whoever ends up leading the city teachers union, it should be because teachers voted for them. But last time, only 17 percent of classroom teachers voted at all.
state of the union
March 29, 2016
Teachers unions dodge a bullet with Supreme Court’s split decision
The city and state unions called the decision a win, but warned that their fight is not over.
draining the atr pool
February 19, 2016
City data shows number in Absent Teacher Reserve remains steady
At two points this year, the city’s pool of excessed teachers was about the same size as it was last year, according to data released by the education department Friday.
October 20, 2015
Mulgrew: It’s helpful to have a foe in City Hall, but better to have an ally
The teachers union’s improved relationship with City Hall has come with ample benefits, but also stripped it of a useful organizing strategy, Mulgrew said Tuesday.
July 15, 2015
At two high-profile Renewal schools, rehiring process ends in dramatic staff shakeups
A majority of teachers are leaving Boys and Girls High and Automotive High, according to data released last week.
July 6, 2015
As city prepares to redouble focus on career and tech programs, Fariña names new leader
John Widlund, the longtime principal of “Coop Tech” is the city’s new head of career and technical education.
June 11, 2015
De Blasio lauds CTE programs at union event, saying city will support their growth
"We are going to strengthen them and we are going to make them available to even more," de Blasio said of the city's career and technical education programs.
June 10, 2015
Renewal schools get new options for extra hour after city-union weekend talks
The scheduling leeway comes after the principals union president sent a critical letter to his members.
June 6, 2015
Extra hour for struggling schools faces union pushback, scheduling challenges
Seven months after Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to extend the day by an hour at 94 low-performing schools, the city is facing backlash from the principals union.
April 1, 2015
As NYSUT endorses testing opt-outs, city union holds back
After the head of the state teachers union urged parents this week to boycott the state tests, some are calling on the UFT to follow suit.
March 12, 2015
Legal challenge to tenure clears hurdle, union vows to fight back
A Staten Island judge denied the city, state, and both teachers unions' motions to dismiss the lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure protections.
March 11, 2015
At widespread anti-Cuomo protests, parents and teachers to join hands
Pushback against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education agenda sparked plans for rallies across the city.
onward to albany
March 4, 2015
In Albany, two very different education advocacy events unfold
Here's what the day has looked like, from the people headed upstate to rally and lobby themselves.
March 3, 2015
City seeks next group of PROSE schools, as Fariña praises first round of changes
Some of the schools already in the program are waiting to fully implement the plans that were given preliminary approval last summer.
February 27, 2015
Ending an awkward chapter, UFT says it will close part of its struggling charter school
The UFT announced Friday that the UFT Charter School will close its elementary and middle schools because of their low performance.
February 19, 2015
New database estimates how much schools are missing from equity settlement
Advocates for school funding equity have launched a new website to show families and the public exactly how much money their school or district is due but not receiving each year under a years-old legal settlement whose terms have yet to be fulfilled.
February 9, 2015
Teachers kick off forums criticizing Cuomo’s agenda, though without Mulgrew
As Michael Mulgrew was reportedly meeting with Gov. Cuomo's aides on Friday, 200-plus educators were voicing opposition to the governor's agenda.
dueling rallies do-over
January 30, 2015
Success Academy’s Albany rally set to compete with UFT lobbying day
Success Academy Charter Schools is planning to close their schools March 4 for a political rally in Albany, sources say, the same day that the United Federation of Teachers has scheduled its own lobbying day.
January 14, 2015
After court arguments, judge puts off decision in teacher tenure case
It’s now a waiting game for those fighting and observing the legal challenge to teacher job protections in New York. After nearly…
January 13, 2015
Here’s what to expect as the teacher-tenure fight heads to court
A hearing set for Wednesday could be the jumping-off point for a long court battle over teacher tenure or spell the end of the…
it's a wrap
December 30, 2014
Readers’ choices: Our 10 most-read news stories from 2014
Chalkbeat readers have spoken: The new contract between the city and the teachers’ union was the biggest story of 2014. The rest of the year's biggest stories hit on the big themes of the year, including the transition to Carmen Fariña's leadership, testing anxiety, and debates over the Common Core.
December 30, 2014
Principals union contract ratified with 91 percent of the vote
Updated — Members of the city’s principals union voted overwhelmingly to approve their new contract with the city, officials announced Tuesday. Ninety-one percent of the…
oligarchs and overcrowding
December 9, 2014
To reduce class sizes, UFT looks to absentee landlords
The head of the city’s teachers union is asking state lawmakers to eliminate a set of property tax breaks to pay for reduced class sizes in elementary schools. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said Tuesday that 90,000 condominiums and co-ops owned by people who do not reside in the city should no longer qualify for tax breaks.
December 8, 2014
Legal fight over teacher tenure continues
The legal fight over job protections for New York teachers is continuing, as the lawyers for the parent plaintiffs have filed a formal rebuttal…
November 19, 2014
Voters remain divided on charter schools
According to the data released Wednesday, 43 percent of voters support increasing the number of charter schools. Less than one in five voters, 17 percent, favored reducing the number of charter schools, while 31 percent said the number of charter schools should remain the same.
November 14, 2014
Principals union, city enter mediation as contract dispute drags on
The city and the principals union have entered a mediation process after failing to agree on the terms of a new contract, union officials said Friday.
October 29, 2014
NYSUT, following UFT, asks court to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The state teachers union is joining the city’s union in asking the court to toss out a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New…
October 28, 2014
UFT asks court to toss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The city teachers union has taken another step to thwart a high-profile lawsuit against teacher tenure in New York State, asking the court to throw…
October 15, 2014
Teacher complaints expose tensions as special-ed overhaul continues
Complaints made to the teachers union last year show that schools are struggling to keep up with new special-education policies.
September 9, 2014
With new school year, new rules for parent engagement have begun
At P.S. 206's first parent engagement activity of the year, now mandated in the new teachers contract, parents and educators shared their ideas with Chancellor Fariña and union president, Michael Mulgrew.
August 13, 2014
State Attorney General wants two teacher tenure lawsuits to become one
After running alongside each other for weeks, the two separate lawsuits challenging teacher tenure in New York could be combined early next month. The…
July 28, 2014
New York's teacher tenure faces second challenge as Campbell Brown's group files suit
Seven plaintiffs filed a lawsuit today challenging New York state’s teacher job protection laws, which they say create obstacles to removing ineffective teachers.
July 22, 2014
Teachers union steps into legal battle over tenure, against a former ally
The United Federation of Teachers is officially jumping into a legal battle against advocates who are challenging New York's teacher job protection laws.
June 5, 2014
With the new contract in place, schools face long to-do lists and tight timelines
Now that the new teachers contract is in place, schools must make a series of time-sensitive choices to comply with new rules or participate in new programs.
June 4, 2014
Teachers: Did you vote yes or no on the contract?
More than 77 percent of members voted to ratify the contract it negotiated a month ago with the city. Teachers, we'd love to know more about why you voted the way you did.
June 3, 2014
With 77 percent of the vote, UFT members approve new nine-year contract
The rank-and-file of the city teachers union voted to approve a new contract deal with the city, officials announced Tuesday, delivering long-awaited wage increases to teachers and a victory to a new mayor who has pledged to improve the school system by partnering with the union.
The Best Laid Plans
May 26, 2014
Principals can collect lesson plans but can't say what goes in them, arbitrator rules
Just weeks after negotiating a contract with the city that many hailed as a victory for educators, the city teachers union has successfully argued that teachers alone get to decide what to put in their lesson plans.
May 15, 2014
Contract’s plan to fuel school experimentation sparks debate
The plan would let educators at up to 200 schools carry out experiments in school improvement. But some worry the plan would weaken protections for teachers, while others argue it will not go far enough to foster real innovation. Others wonder how the program will work.
on second thought
May 9, 2014
UFT chief Mulgrew doubles down on private remarks, with one concession
UFT President Michael Mulgrew doubled down on blunt remarks he made privately to his members this week, defending his role in last year’s failed teacher evaluation deal and vilifying opponents of the union.
May 6, 2014
Letter from Mulgrew to ATRs suggests teachers less likely to face expedited hearings than city signaled
New details from a memo sent from Mulgrew to absent teacher reserve members, and information provided by union officials, reveal that the excessed teachers would also have stronger job protections than were originally reported or acknowledged by officials.
a done deal
May 1, 2014
Teachers get pay bump, evaluation tweaks, and more in $5.5 billion contract deal
A proposed nine-year contract deal between the city and the teachers union would increase teachers' pay and simplify the way they are rated, free some schools to design innovative schedules, provide parents with more opportunities to meet with educators, and allow the city to more easily fire teachers who are deemed incompetent or accused of misconduct, officials announced Thursday.
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