Teachers pact a return to fair bargaining


| letters@queenscourier.com

The new contract between the city and the United Federation of Teachers is a monumental achievement for all New Yorkers because it is a milestone of reconciliation between management and labor.  People can argue the merits of its details, but what is indisputable is that the Bloomberg era of deliberate, almost sadistic impasse and union-busting […]

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Teachers need a contract


| letters@queenscourier.com

As the new school year nears, the teachers in our public school system still do not have a new, fair and affordable contract. WHY? There is absolutely no logical or justifiable reason for the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to still not have an agreement regarding a new contract. Why are both sides […]

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Teachers, parents demand firing of College Point elementary school principal


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Several parents and teachers in College Point want the city to end what they claim is an elementary school principal’s terror-driven reign. They said Jennifer Jones-Rogers of P.S. 29 has wrongfully placed a handful of students in special education classes without notifying parents. Critics also say the administrator’s “hostile environment” has driven away droves of […]

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Turnaround teachers back to work


| brennison@queenscourier.com

The city, winless in its court battles over Turnaround schools, plans to continue its fight after another loss, just weeks away from classes commencing. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that deemed the Department of Education’s Turnaround plan violated teachers’ contracts, allowing the educators to return to the classroom. Under the […]

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UFT opposes mayor’s merit pay for teachers


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes the skinny on retaining top teachers is handing them a fat check. During the mayor’s State of the City speech, he outlined a plan that would reward teachers rated as “highly effective” in consecutive years with a $20,000 salary increase. “Our teachers deserve that — and so do our children,” the […]

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City budget passed; Teachers, firehouses spared


By Queens Courier Staff

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Teachers, firehouses spared in budget


By Queens Courier Staff

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Francis Lewis tells mayor to ‘remove snow not teachers’


| brennison@queenscourier.com

“You say cut back, we say fight back!” “Remove snow, not teachers!” These were some of the signs and chants that rallied the Francis Lewis High School students, parents and teachers along with local politicians who gathered in front of the school to protest potential layoffs and overcrowding. Francis Lewis teachers showing a united front […]

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Francis Lewis teachers, students hold protest


| brennison@queenscourier.com

“You say cut back, we say fight back!” “Remove snow, not teachers!” These were some of the signs and chants that rallied the Francis Lewis High School students, parents and teachers along with local politicians who gathered in front of the school to protest potential layoffs and overcrowding. Francis Lewis teachers showing a united front […]

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Teachers remain in jeopardy


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

The budget deal approved on March 31 – which includes a historic $1.33 billion cut to education and the possibility of massive citywide layoffs – has drawn admiration for its promptness and criticism for its stinginess. Though the new budget addresses the $10 billion state deficit without raising taxes or borrowing money, elected officials and […]

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Teachers remain in jeopardy


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

The budget deal approved on March 31 – which includes a historic $1.33 billion cut to education and the possibility of massive citywide layoffs – has drawn admiration for its promptness and criticism for its stinginess. Though the new budget addresses the $10 billion state deficit without raising taxes or borrowing money, elected officials and […]

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Plan to award cash bonuses to teachers


By Queens Courier Staff

Teachers in high-need schools will receive cash bonuses of $3,000 as a reward for improving their school’s academic success. The new incentive was announced on Wednesday, October 17, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten. The incentive bonuses will be paid to teachers at 200 […]

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New school survey sent to parents, teachers & students


| kjames@queenscourier.com

The city is undertaking a colossal effort to understand how well its schools are serving students with a new survey that is being distributed to 1.8 million people, Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced on Monday, April 30. Part of the mayor’s Children First school accountability initiative, the voluntary Learning Environment […]

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School survey for parents, teachers and students


| kjames@queenscourier.com

The city is undertaking a colossal effort to understand how well its schools are serving students with a new survey that is being distributed to 1.8 million people, Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein announced on Monday, April 30. Part of the mayor’s Children First school accountability initiative, the voluntary Learning Environment […]

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Teachers: Jamaica students left out in the cold


| kjames@queenscourier.com

At the Ida B. Wells School in downtown Jamaica, special education teacher Frank Walker grew so desperate to stop the cold air blowing into his classroom that he covered the ceiling vents with heavy-duty garbage bags. “It’s difficult to try to keep students engaged when they’re complaining that they’re cold and uncomfortable,” he said, describing […]

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