This & That …

This Week’s Focus Governor’s budget prioritizes public education Thanks to the UFT’s advocacy, the Democratic majorities in the state Assembly and Senate have proposed legislation to eliminate the requirement that school districts use standardized test scores in teacher ratings and return the question to local school districts and collective bargaining. Gov. Andrew Cuomo showed his support for that change by including it in his budget … Continue reading This & That …

Red For ED

This Week’s Focus Please wear RED again tomorrow! Thank you to everyone that wore red last Thursday to support the teachers of Los Angeles, California.  Please wear red again tomorrow, January 14th.  It is the first day of the LA teachers strike.  Los Angeles teachers deserve better working conditions and their students deserve better learning conditions. Please post your photos of you and other UFT … Continue reading Red For ED

What’s happening …

This Week’s Focus Attend a student debt relief information session Members who are concerned about paying their student loans can find help with the UFT’s Student Debt Relief Program. As an educator working in public service, you’re entitled to participate in federal debt relief and loan forgiveness programs that can help you reduce or even eliminate your student debt. Navigating your options and applying for … Continue reading What’s happening …

Five more wake ups …

This Week’s Focus Clarification on professional activity and prep periods Due to concerns raised by teachers about how schools were managing professional activity and preparation periods, the Department of Education agreed to the union’s suggestion that a reminder of what the contract says was in order. The item in the Principals’ Weekly noted that all teachers with full programs are entitled to at least five preparation periods … Continue reading Five more wake ups …

This Week …

This Week’s Focus Holiday member-only discounts on UFT-Mobile — and the UFT website now As a union member, you benefit from strength in numbers. Leveraging the same power the union brings to the bargaining table to negotiate for its 185,000 members, the UFT has negotiated special member-only discounts with local and national merchants. With the holiday season upon us, you can use the union’s app, … Continue reading This Week …

This & That …

This Week’s Focus Borrowing from your retirement funds As a UFT member, you have two sources from which to borrow money in times of need. If you are in Tiers 3, 4 or 6, you can borrow from your Qualified Pension Plan against your Member Contribution Accumulation Fund and against part of your additional member contributions. You may also borrow from your Tax-Deferred Annuity account. The maximum … Continue reading This & That …

This Week…

Know the rights that protect our students with disabilities In addition to the DOE-UFT contract, there are many rules that affect the education of students with disabilities. These rules are found in federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies. They address many issues related to the day-to-day working conditions of special education staff including class and group size, staffing, class composition and the frequency, … Continue reading This Week…

What’s Happening …

UFT-endorsed candidates win on Nov. 6 We want to thank you for voting and for volunteering on behalf of candidates who support our union’s values and priorities. With UFT volunteers helping power his way to victory, Andrew Gounardes defeated Republican incumbent Marty Golden to represent the 22nd New York Senate District in southern Brooklyn, opening the door for Democrats to gain control of the state … Continue reading What’s Happening …