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New York Teacher

Highlights from the latest issue of New York Teacher:

UFTers go all out to participate in AFT 'Wear Blue' campaign

Despite stimulus, the fight to make up the multibillion-dollar shortfalls in the New York state and city budgets isn’t over.

UFTers from the five boroughs supported the AFT’s “Fight For America’s Future: It’s Dollars and Sense” campaign by wearing blue on Unity Day.

The most important purpose of the union’s recommendations to modify the law granting control of city schools to the mayor is to help “improve student outcomes.”

Four out of five professional staff members at KIPP AMP Academy have signed cards saying they want to be represented by the UFT, but management is fighting it.

IS 218 in Manhattan is a school with numerous safety issues, a shrinking student enrollment and high teacher turnover. And the cause, according to staff and the union, is the principal.

Edwin R. Espaillat, who from 1983 to 1995 served as the UFT’s vice president for vocational high schools, died on Jan. 31 of a lengthy illness at the age of 74.

A spirited group of nearly 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and students rallied on Feb. 6 to protest the planned phase-out of their school, PS/IS 72.

Graduates of the Junior ROTC program at Francis Lewis HS are well represented among cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

When PS 153 in Brooklyn first opened its doors 100 years ago, the world was a very different place.

Welcome to the happy and wildly successful life of a man who finally found his calling: Sam Steinberg, educator and, as he calls himself, “a flexidox Jew from the ’hood.”