Mayor de Blasio on Monday announced that 94 low-performing schools throughout the city, including 12 in Queens, would be designated “Community Schools” in an effort to improve test scores of struggling schoolchildren and move away from a policy of closing struggling city schools.
“We believe in strong public schools for every child,” de Blasio said at a press conference at the Coalition School for Social Change in Manhattan.
The recent uproar regarding teachers wearing shirts with logos supporting the police is totally ridiculous! They have every right to show support for the police, and who is the United Federation of Teachers to tell them that they cannot?
There always has been unity between the PBA and the UFT. That should continue, despite Michael Mulgrew marching in the demonstration regarding police actions in the death of Eric Garner and causing strained relations with the PBA.
We have the best teachers and police in the whole country right here in New York City. Thank you to all of them for their dedication and professionalism.
Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.
At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.
The recent comments by UFT President Michael Mulgrew that the union supports the upcoming caravan over the Verrazano Bridge to protest the death of Eric Garner are totally unwarranted.
First of all, who is he to state that the UFT is supporting this action? If he or any individual person in the UFT wants to take part, that is okay. They have that right to protest peacefully. What is not OK is that he gives the impression that the entire UFT is in full support of this.
Our police are the best, and there is no reason for Mulgrew, with his asinine comments, to drive a wedge between the UFT and the PBA. Patrick Lynch was 100 percent correct in what he said in response to what Mr. Mulgrew said. I, as a retired UFT member, am angry and incensed by the comments of Mr. Mulgrew.
It is time for a change in the leadership of the UFT, the sooner, the better.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has said it is “absolutely ridiculous” that United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew “would waste his members’ dues to get involved with a march that has nothing to do with teachers or his union.” I wholeheartedly concur.
The UFT under Mulgrew will be co-sponsoring the march on Staten Island on Aug. 23, with three other groups. The email sent out to its members reads, “March for justice for victims of police brutality.”
This statement is a complete insult to every man and woman of the NYPD, who defend our streets from the criminal element. The efforts the UFT in this matter are just ludicrous. What are we teaching our children, that it is OK to disobey a cop’s order and to resist arrest?
The deal is done.
The United Federation of Teachers general membership approved their proposed contract with the city, the first in five years, on Tuesday. The union said the deal passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 votes cast in favor.
Mayor de Blasio and UFT President Michael Mulgrew agreed on a new nine-year contract for the city’s unionized teachers retroactively dated to 2009 and expiring in 2018 that offers pay raises and adds more parent-teacher conferences.
A five-year-long battle between the city and the teachers union may have finally come to an end.
The de Blasio administration and the United Federation of Teachers announced an agreement on a nine-year contract retroactively dated to 2009.
It’s February and the city has been socked for weeks by snow, ice and frigid temperatures in the most miserable winter many can remember. At City Hall, a new mayor from a political party that has not held the city’s top office in 20 years has just taken the reins of power, and his honeymoon period when he should be unveiling his ambitious agenda is instead frozen over by the icy weather.
But this is not 2014. Instead it’s 1994 and that new mayor is Rudy Giuliani.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, center right, speaks to students during a roundtable discussion in Aviation High School’s hangar in Sunnyside last Friday. Joining him was UFT President Michael Mulgrew, center left.
State Education officials have stepped in to implement a long-awaited teacher evaluation plan for the city, months after the city Department of Education and unions failed to agree on one themselves.
The plan, announced by State Education Commissioner John King on Saturday, will be four-tiered — teachers will be rated highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective —and will make it easier for underperforming teachers to be terminated. Under the plan, which will be implemented in September, a teacher rated “ineffective” twice will be subject to possible termination and there will be a shorter appeals process, which will be open only to teachers rated “ineffective,” and where the burden of proof will be on the teacher.
Fed up with the ongoing stalemate between the city Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers, Gov. Cuomo is expected to offer legislation that will give him the authority to force a plan on the city without the two sides coming to an agreement.
Cuomo’s office would not comment on the legislation Wednesday, but published reports say that the governor will propose his administration implement a new teacher evaluations system on city schools. A DOE spokesmsn said the city has not seen any bill from Albany.
After negotiations on a teacher evaluation deal collapsed just before Gov. Cuomo’s Jan. 17 deadline, state Education Commissioner John King, left, is telling the city it could still get some state aid if Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott, center, and UFT President Michael Mulgrew, right, come up with a plan on evaluations by Feb. 15.
Months upon months of talks over teacher evaluations broke down Jan. 17 only hours before Gov. Cuomo’s deadline to submit a deal or lose $250 million in state education funding.
In an email to members, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union had told Cuomo that negotiations with the city have ceased and that they do not expect to meet the deadline of midnight, Jan 17.
A day after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a teacher evaluation deal, costing the city $250 million in state aid, the Cuomo administration is asking the city to get its act together.
Months upon months of talks over teacher evaluations broke down Thursday afternoon only hours before Gov. Cuomo’s deadline to submit a deal or lose $250 million in state education funding.
As of Wednesday evening, neither the UFT nor the city Department of Education will say if they are close to a deal, but they did not dismiss the possibility of an eleventh-hour deal late on Wednesday or Thursday.
Parents and school staff in Queens Monday morning wanted to talk about anything other than Friday’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school that left more than two dozen people, including 20 children, dead.
60 miles southwest of the site of one of the worst school shootings in American history, moms, dads, teachers and principals are trying to wander through the minefield of what to tell schoolchildren about the tragedy that ended the lives of so many their age.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, and UFT President Michael Mulgrew engaged in a rhetorical back and forth over teacher evaluations even while the two sides were meeting to attempt to hammer out a deal before Dec. 21
If the city Department of Education and teacher unions do not agree on a new evaluation deal by Dec. 21, they may hope the Mayans were right about the apocalypse.
The city and the UFT have been in talks for over a year to set up a new teacher evaluation system, and now the deadline for it to get done is looming. If no agreement is reached, city schools could lose $250 million in state funding.
The United Federation of Teachers announced it is suing the city Department of Education, accusing it of violating the Freedom of Information Act by releasing heavily redacted emails between former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and other political figures.
On May 28, 2010 the UFTrequested copies of all emails from Dec. 1, 2009 through that date sent between two or more of the following individuals: Joel Klein, John White, Kathleen Grimm, Michael Duffy, Christina Grant, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform Joe Williams, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center James Merriman and mayoral aide Bradley Tusk.
The State Education Department released its list of troubled schools last month, just before the start of the new school year, highlighting over two dozen borough schools in need of improvement or risking closure by the end of the decade.
Among the schools listed on the priority list — schools with graduation rates under 60 percent — are the seven high schools that were part of the failed turnaround program earlier this year and two high schools that are already being phased out — Jamaica and Beach Channel. The list also includes Grover Cleveland High School, which was taken off the turnaround list at the last minute in April, along with Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village and Excelsior Prep High School in Springfield Gardens.