United Federation of Teachers

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 [...]

Queens teacher had ‘pattern of inappropriate conduct’
News Steve Mosco 2/21/2012 at 12:33PM

A teacher who had “shown a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” but was allowed to teach anyway, has been charged with sexually abusing two young boys on multiple occasions at P.S. 174 in Rego Park. Wilbert Cortez, a 49-year-old computer teacher at William Sydney Mount School, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct against [...]

Eight high schools to ‘Turnaround’
Eight high schools to ‘Turnaround’
News Michael Pantelidis 1/31/2012 at 3:14PM

The city’s failure to successfully negotiate with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) may spell doom for more than half a dozen high schools across Queens — including the subtraction of half their educators. Due to the inability of the two parties to come to an agreement regarding teacher evaluations, the Department of Education (DOE) [...]

UFT opposes mayor’s merit pay for teachers
News Billy Rennison 1/25/2012 at 2:05PM

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 [...]

Funding for failing schools suspended
News Melissa Chan 1/10/2012 at 9:06AM

Federal funds for the city’s failing schools are on the line following negotiation deadlocks between the city and the union. Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced on January 3 that he has suspended “School Improvement Grant” (SIG) funding throughout the state. The $60 million in SIG grants would have provided “adequate resources” — including [...]

P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott faces closure by DOE
News Billy Rennison 12/09/2011 at 3:29PM

One Queens public school faces a permanent summer vacation after finding itself on the Department of Education’s (DOE) list of schools slated for closure. P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott in Far Rockaway received an “F” on the most recent progress report released in September.  The school is joined by 18 other schools around the city that [...]