United Federation of Teachers

DOE announces Sandy school makeup days
News Cristabelle Tumola 11/19/2012 at 7:08PM

After missing a full week of school because of Superstorm Sandy, the city’s public school students will make up those days from February 20-22 and on June 4, the Department of Education (DOE), announced Monday evening. The first three dates were taken from the five days schools students normally have off for Mid-Winter Recess, and [...]

Endorsements, cash flow in 15th District Senate race
Endorsements, cash flow in 15th District Senate race
News Terence M. Cullen 10/03/2012 at 11:51AM

Things are heating up in one of the most contentious state races in Queens this fall. Councilmember Eric Ulrich topped the list of those required to file a 10 Day Post Primary Campaign Disclosure Report with a war chest that boasted six-figures. The first time state senate candidate, running in District 15, took in nearly [...]

DOE’s ‘temporary’ fix to classroom overcrowding
DOE’s ‘temporary’ fix to classroom overcrowding
Education & Kids Terence M. Cullen 10/03/2012 at 10:28AM

Freshmen at Richmond Hill High School may soon have to don their jackets just to get to class. Across the borough, Temporary Classroom Units (TCUs) are used to supplement classroom space to accommodate the massive number of students coming in. Richmond Hill High School, one of these schools, currently has 11 TCUs, a Department of [...]

UFT throws its backing behind Addabbo in SD15
UFT throws its backing behind Addabbo in SD15
News Terence M. Cullen 9/26/2012 at 12:30PM

Citing his record in both the city council and Albany, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and a number of elected officials rallied for State Senator Joseph Addabbo as the incumbent seeks re-election in November. “We’ve had a very good relationship with Joe because of the work that he has done on the behalf of [...]

UFT sues to prevent school closings
UFT sues to prevent school closings
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/07/2012 at 5:40PM

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) are hoping to “turnaround” the city’s decision to close 24 schools in court. The organizations filed suit today in State Supreme Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction until issues surrounding the Department of Education’s (DOE) Turnaround plan can [...]

Supporters rally around Bryant High School
Supporters rally around Bryant High School
News Michael Pantelidis 4/05/2012 at 9:39AM

Students and teachers of William Cullen Bryant High School came out in force to show they give a “hoot” about their school. Bryant – whose mascot is an owl – is in danger of being “turned around” by the Department of Education (DOE), resulting in the closing of the school at the end of the [...]

Turnaround proposals submitted for eight Queens high schools
News Michael Pantelidis 3/08/2012 at 11:27AM

Elected officials are refusing to “turn” the other cheek on the city’s plan to overhaul a number of high schools throughout the borough. The Department of Education (DOE) has submitted proposals to Turnaround eight high schools – Flushing, William Cullen Bryant, Long Island City, Newtown, Grover Cleveland, August Martin, Richmond Hill and John Adams – [...]

Teacher evaluations shed light on effectiveness
News Michael Pantelidis 2/28/2012 at 3:53PM

Grades given by the Department of Education (DOE) show more than 500 teachers may have failed to effectively educate their students. According to published accounts, the DOE’s Teacher Data Reports have identified 521 English and math teachers who produced the smallest student gains between 2007 and 2010. The reports, which use a value-added approach to [...]

Kids made cards for inmate
News Michael Pantelidis 2/22/2012 at 9:12AM

The Department of Education (DOE) is determined to dismiss a teacher who had her fifth grade students send Christmas cards to a felon caught possessing child pornography. According to a report issued by Richard Condon, the city’s special commissioner of investigation, Melissa Dean, a 31-year-old educator at P.S. 143 in Corona, had her students send [...]

Agreement on teacher evaluations reached
News Michael Pantelidis 2/21/2012 at 2:43PM

With the governor’s clock ticking, the state Department of Education (DOE) and the teacher’s union put politics aside and placed education first, reaching an agreement on how to grade the graders. The two sides reached a deal to create a new teacher evaluation system on February 16 – hours before Governor Andrew Cuomo’s imposed deadline [...]