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dollars and cents
October 12, 2018
New York City teacher salaries to range from $61,070 to $128,657 in new contract
Unlike the first contract under Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in 2014, the pay increases included in the new contract are marginal.
the bronx plan
October 12, 2018
Bronx schools to get “innovation funds” as part of big New York City investment in the borough
New York City’s proposed contract with its teachers union covers the entire city, but all officials seemed to want to talk about Thursday…
October 11, 2018
New York City teachers will be screened for ‘suitability’ under new union contract
If teaching in New York City is going to burn you out, the school system wants to know before you set foot in…
October 11, 2018
With union’s blessing, students at 15 schools in the Bronx will take courses taught remotely
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently touted the approach for rural schools in Mississippi.
it's a deal
October 11, 2018
United Federation of Teachers, New York City officials agree to a new 2019-2022 contract
New York City’s educators have a new contract that provides extra pay to teachers who work in hard-to-staff schools, tweaks teacher evaluations, and…
June 28, 2018
Will they stay or go: New York City teachers ponder relationship with union post-Janus
The predictions are dire: After the Supreme Court ruled this week that public employees can’t be forced to pay fees to unions, labor…
June 27, 2018
Teachers: Let Chalkbeat know how the Supreme Court decision in Janus will affect you
The United Federation of Teachers is bracing for the fallout of Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling that scraps mandatory dues payments from…
Let’s make a deal
April 10, 2018
What’s on the table as New York City and the teachers union negotiate a new contract
The clock is ticking on the city’s contract with the United Federation of Teachers, the largest local union in the country representing more…
state of the union
February 22, 2018
New York City teachers union braces for Supreme Court ruling that could drain money and members
The impact will be felt especially by the UFT, the largest union local in the country.
BLM in EDU
February 12, 2018
New York City teachers bring Black Lives Matter to the classroom
The events culminate Tuesday with a rally at the education department headquarters.
January 30, 2018
Union wins victory in legal fight over KIPP charter school in South Bronx
The dispute centers on KIPP Academy Charter School and whether it is covered by the contract between the city and the United Federation of Teachers.
October 12, 2017
New York unions sue, accusing charter schools of lowering standards for teachers
The lawsuit comes a day after SUNY voted to relax teacher certification requirements.
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.
a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
March 17, 2017
After explosive allegations of anti-union intimidation, KIPP files a federal lawsuit against the UFT
Earlier this year, the UFT claimed KIPP threatened to fire teachers who didn't vote to decertify the union.
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.
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."
January 9, 2017
Trump’s voucher plan would strip funding from over 1,200 schools in New York City, union analysis shows
"The damage would spread through the system, raising class sizes even in non-Title I schools, threatening academic enrichment programs, guidance, art and music."
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.
October 6, 2016
Teachers explain how Common Core changes could impact their classrooms
How would the Common Core revisions affect classrooms across New York state? To find out, we turned to the experts: teachers.
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.
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.”
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.
Counting Class Size
October 19, 2015
Nearly 1,000 fewer classes are overcrowded this year, according to union survey
An annual union survey found that 5,485 classes were overcrowded at the start of the school year, down from 6,447 last year.
May 26, 2015
City doubles number of PROSE schools as program enters second year
Nearly 130 schools will be able to experiment with changes to class sizes, school scheduling, and teacher evaluations through the PROSE program in the next school year.
May 5, 2015
Why city’s unions aren’t fighting Fariña’s school-merger plan
Fariña’s broader plan would share characteristics of the school closures that elicited outrage during the Bloomberg years, with key changes.
March 19, 2015
Amid struggling schools debate, Council members praise early changes at Boys and Girls
The City Council education committee said the city's school turnaround plan needs time to spur improvements, but one school is being lauded as an early success story.
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.
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.
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.
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 17, 2014
After flood of teacher retirements, UFT and city settle dispute over backpay
An arbitrator’s decision, announced Monday, means that the city won’t have to set aside any more than the $180 million already apportioned in this year’s budget to pay the retirees. The United Federation of Teachers agreed to let the arbitrator come up with a package of cost-saving measures that would adjust the $5.5 billion contract agreement to find $60 million in savings to pay members who retired by July.
October 28, 2014
Cuomo's vow on teacher evals prompts flip-flop charge
Union leaders and educators from around the state pounced on Cuomo for remarks deriding teacher unions and promoting charter schools. Their reactions ranged from confusion and anger.
October 6, 2014
New TV ad from UFT presents rosier view of public schools
After a week of charter school advocates highlighting the public school system’s failures, the United Federation of Teachers is offering a rosier view in a new television…
Counting Class Size
September 30, 2014
Quietly, UFT reports that classroom overcrowding is getting worse
In a shift indicative of the new working relationship between city government and the teachers union, the number of overcrowded classes was noted only in an article in the union’s internal newspaper, New York Teacher. And rather than report overcrowded classes at their peak, the story says 3,500 classes exceeded limits — a number from after the city had already begun to reduce overcrowding.
June 3, 2014
At vote-counting, a snapshot of the final step in UFT contract sign-off
Nearly 60 people bunched into long conference tables in a lower Manhattan basement are working through more than 80,000 ballots that will decide the outcome of the city's contract with the United Federation of Teachers.
May 16, 2014
Ballots out in UFT contract vote; results due by June 3
Two weeks after the city and teachers union announced a contract deal, rank-and-file members of the United Federation of Teachers are getting a chance to…
May 8, 2014
De Blasio's first budget kicks in aid for after-school programs and arts education
In his first executive budget presentation on Thursday, de Blasio announced a $73.9 billion spending plan that he said was built with an eye on schools and improving educational opportunities for the city’s highest-need students and their families.
May 6, 2014
Teacher salaries to range from $54,411 to $119,565 in new contract, UFT says
Starting salaries for a first-year New York City teacher will increase to $54,411 by 2018, up from $45,530 this year, according to a salary schedule…
May 6, 2014
How the last 20 years of New York City teachers union contracts came to be
Politics, not expiration dates, dictate when teachers union contract deals are struck and what they contain. Here's an interactive look back at how that pattern has played out over the last 20 years.
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 26, 2014
Fariña hints at changes to arts ed, high school admissions at UFT talk
Chancellor Carmen Fariña didn't make any specific policy announcements during a wide-ranging discussion with UFT President Michael Mulgrew at the union's annual conference. But she hinted that big changes were coming.
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.
Raising the Issue
March 13, 2014
As union negotiates new contract, leader says teachers seek better pay
As the head of the teachers union negotiates a new contract with the city, he started to make a public case Wednesday for higher teacher pay.
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