Search Results for United Federation of Teachers

Op-ed: UFT contract solves problems, ignores others
News Op-Ed 6/01/2014 at 2:09PM

Like most of my colleagues, I joined the teaching profession to make a difference in children’s lives. Yet I find that the current conversation about education — and specifically the proposed teachers’ contract — is not always focused on what’s best for kids.

Warning: Reform does not mean innovation
Letters Letters 5/29/2014 at 2:56PM

What a word actually means can be less important than the way it’s commonly used. If the original intent of the word has been corrupted, you can ironically set yourself up for misunderstanding by using it as it was originally meant. That’s especially true of education “reform.” Be careful when messing with words. Be even [...]

Teachers pact a return to fair bargaining
Letters Letters 5/08/2014 at 11:40AM

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 [...]

Speaker Silver’s 20th anniversary
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 2/24/2014 at 7:09PM

This month is the 20th anniversary for Democratic State Assemblymember Sheldon Silver’s reign as speaker of the New York State Assembly.  Many wonder how he has lasted so long given all the scandals committed by many former members of the Democratic State Assembly caucus over his tenure.  The answer is simple. Speaker Silver rules the [...]