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Making the grade
July 13, 2017
New data show more than half of NYC teachers judged, in part, by test scores they don’t directly affect
Just over half of New York City teachers were evaluated in part by tests in subjects or of students they didn’t teach in 2016.
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 tenure track
May 5, 2017
For New York City teachers applying for tenure, success remains far from assured
Sixty-four percent of eligible teachers earned tenure last year. That's down from 97 percent a decade ago.
April 6, 2017
NYC set to adopt long-debated changes to student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions
The debate over the city’s discipline code raises larger questions, some of which are also being asked in other large school districts across the country.
I'm with him
February 8, 2017
UFT endorses de Blasio for re-election, saying they are headed for ‘another war’
The city’s teachers union announced Wednesday that it endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio's bid for re-election, and vowed to battle with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
December 21, 2016
In a win for the UFT, city reaches deal that moves further away from evaluating teachers based on multiple-choice tests
The city plans to use the new evaluation system this school year.
November 10, 2016
How the nation’s largest local teachers union is responding to a Trump future — ‘no choice… but to fight’
"In the months and years ahead, we are going to face some of the greatest challenges that this union and its members have ever faced," Mulgrew wrote.
October 17, 2016
NAACP’s call to stop charter schools’ growth reignites debate in New York City
“If something is working, why take it away from people?”
a little push
October 12, 2016
New York City’s teachers union says it’s time for ‘positive friction’ with city
“We’re not going to get to the results we want unless there’s a lot of positive friction,” he told Chalkbeat.
October 7, 2016
UFT President Michael Mulgrew criticizes Common Core revisions
“We’re not happy with what we’ve seen so far,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said about the state's revisions to Common Core.
September 20, 2016
Union pushing more ‘authentic’ assessments in teacher evaluations
What will teacher evaluations look like this year? Details in the city's negotiations with the union are starting to emerge.
still the president
May 27, 2016
UFT president Michael Mulgrew wins re-election with 76 percent of the vote
In a widely expected result, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew was re-elected to a third term as head of the city’s teachers union.
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…
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
April 15, 2016
As New York reconsiders Common Core, UFT organizes teachers to suggest changes
The United Federation of Teachers has been organizing meetings of a few dozen educators to unpack the Common Core learning standards.
a more perfect union
April 4, 2016
For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy
The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift borne out in newfound support for “community schools.”
state of the state
January 12, 2016
After bumpy year, Cuomo unveils few education proposals in lead-up to State of the State
The lead-up to this year’s speech is vastly different from last year, when the governor promised an aggressive education agenda — and delivered over the next several months.
December 23, 2015
City teachers could see paid parental leave next year
Mayor de Blasio said the city is poised to “immediately enter talks” with the municipal unions like the UFT to extend the benefit.
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.
August 12, 2015
Meaningless? Cause for celebration? Interpretations of newest test scores run the gamut
New York state’s latest test scores are completely meaningless — or the key to understanding whether any students are learning. It all depends who you talk to.
who's the boss?
July 16, 2015
The state names 62 NYC schools that must quickly improve or face takeover
If Chancellor Carmen Fariña fails to spur improvements at the schools after one or two years, she must cede control to an outside manager.
June 22, 2015
Fariña, de Blasio and Mulgrew aim to fire up principals at Renewal event
A private event for the 94 low-performing schools on Monday featured words of encouragement from the mayor and the chancellor.
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.
May 8, 2015
Calls to delay teacher eval overhaul grow more urgent in Albany
A consensus is building around limiting the role of outside evaluators in teacher observations and that the Nov. 15 deadline for adopting the plans must be extended.
to the summit
May 7, 2015
At ‘evalapalooza,’ officials urged to limit use of tests, give districts breathing room
Between coffee breaks, panelists at what Twitter dubbed #evalapalooza offered dozens of recommendations for how state education officials should finalize the system.
and we're live
May 7, 2015
Watch: State summit on new teacher evaluations is underway
City union leaders Mark Cannizzaro and Michael Mulgrew are among those due to testify in Albany on the the state's new teacher and principal evaluations.
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 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.
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.
a different approach
February 3, 2015
In Albany, Fariña criticizes Cuomo’s plan for teacher evaluations
"I absolutely believe that holding teachers accountable only on test scores and outside evaluators is not a good idea," Fariña said in response to questions about Cuomo’s plan.
January 30, 2015
UFT moves quickly to build coalition with a clear target: Cuomo
The union is moving fast to beat back education policies that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing.
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 17, 2014
Cuomo flip-flops on evaluation ‘safety net’ as he criticizes city’s results
One day after state education officials touted the city’s teacher evaluation results as more accurate than results in other parts of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it clear that the city’s plan did not impress him as he continued to push for a new round of legal changes.
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.
November 21, 2014
Mulgrew joins charter leaders’ calls for city to release school enrollment data
Michael Mulgrew joined with charter school leaders in calling on the city to provide student discharge data for district and charter schools.
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.
a closer look
November 17, 2014
Restaffing plan for two troubled schools faces scrutiny
A restaffing plan for two of the city’s lowest-performing schools faces scrutiny by state officials who want to see drastic changes and from critics who worry the plan could trip up other schools.
Developing Professional Development
September 16, 2014
With 80 minutes of new teacher training each week, schools set out to see what works
Schools are coming up with ideas to fill 80 minutes of new teacher-meeting time every Monday, even as skeptics question whether teachers and students will benefit from the weekly sessions.
September 12, 2014
Fariña and new head of English-learners office promise aggressive support for schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and her new chief of English-language learners outlined their priorities for those students Friday, including better training for teachers and more dual-language programs, just days before state policymakers vote on major changes to guidelines concerning students who are still learning English.
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.
change of pace
August 28, 2014
Education leaders urge patience for de Blasio's pre-K plans
Top city and state education officials said they were optimistic about pre-K, but also worked to manage expectations about the rollout of thousands of new seats at a discussion on Thursday.
meet the new boss
August 27, 2014
When not in schools, Fariña spent first months with education's power brokers
The chancellor's schedule shows that when she wasn’t visiting schools, Fariña met with Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, along with a host of advocates, executives, elected officials, and union representatives.
August 14, 2014
A frequent critic of testing, de Blasio takes the good test news in stride
The mayor celebrated students' state test-score gains, but not too much, since he has criticized others for focusing too narrowly on test scores.
August 14, 2014
Between two rounds of test scores, a rocky year for the Common Core
After last year's dismal test scores, Common Core skepticism went mainstream. Where they head after the release of this year's scores remains to be seen.
June 23, 2014
In joint appearance, Mulgrew praises Fariña for letting both focus on schools
At a student awards ceremony, Michael Mulgrew and Carmen Fariña emphasized how the city and union are working together to shift their focus into the classroom, rather than politics.
June 19, 2014
Union announces three school community centers, adding to city's push
The announcement from UFT President Michael Mulgrew comes two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would use a $52 million grant to add health centers, job training and other services to 40 schools.
June 9, 2014
Innovation program will let schools tinker with hiring, evaluations, grievances
Schools that participate in a new program run jointly by the education department and the city teachers union will be able to experiment…
May 12, 2014
Mulgrew may have given up on “reform,” but mayor sticking with it
That’s one of the five times that de Blasio or schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña referred to changes included in the proposed teachers union…
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.
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