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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 with…
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 contract…
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.
Selling the Contract
May 8, 2014
Making his case, Mulgrew says new contract draws battle lines in "war with the reformers"
In a candid speech to teachers on Wednesday, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew offered a behind-the-scenes account of the recent contract negotiations with the city and argued that the resulting deal was the union's best chance at winning a "war with the reformers."
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.
April 26, 2014
Warm words between mayor and union chief amid contract negotiations
After that gushing introduction, Mayor Bill de Blasio rode a wave of cheers onstage before launching into a speech to teachers at their…
April 23, 2014
Mulgrew mum on negotiations, but offers plenty of praise for city leaders
Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew won’t talk about ongoing contract negotiations, but he’s more than happy to praise the city officials on the other side of the table.
on the table
April 18, 2014
What the teachers' contract talks are all about, part I: Back pay and excessed teachers
In the first part of our look into what's on the negotiating table as teachers and the city hammer out a contract, we look at big-picture priorities like retroactive pay and the controversial Absent Teacher Reserve.
April 10, 2014
In speech, state education chief forcefully reaffirms support for Common Core, evaluations
State Education Commissioner John King emerged after months of criticism with a lengthy speech defending the state's education policies and calling for more civility.
Back (Pay) Talk
March 14, 2014
News of unusual back pay proposal draws mixed reactions
On the one hand, some said, the proposal to spread more than $3 billion in retroactive raises over a nine-year contract offers the city an affordable payment option, while creating some budget stability. But on the other hand, critics said, the deal could set a damaging pattern for other unions while still requiring serious givebacks from the teachers.
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