Highlights from the Oct. 29 issue of New York Teacher:
The DOE’s new on-street parking placards for school staff, which will take effect on Nov. 1, will be given out using a new formula this year.
Teachers and other school staff should be among the groups given preference for
the swine flu vaccine if they want it, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.
With the Nov. 3 election just days away, UFTers are coming out in force to support their union’s endorsed candidates.
Physical education teacher and swimming instructor Bill Payret has been working to make sure kids — and adults — in the Bronx learn how to swim.
From clothing to cupcakes, schools throughout the city went pink throughout the month of October to support a good cause: breast cancer awareness.
“Don’t break the promises we have made to kids,” UFT President Mulgrew told the state Senate.
On the eve of the governor’s proposed $223 million in midyear budget cuts, the UFT needs an “army” of political volunteers to try to head off disaster.
Teachers have been telling the UFT that there is too much emphasis on teaching to the state standards as measured by state tests. Now, the results of the national math tests this year support their claims.
Leo Casey, the UFT vice president of academic high schools, proposed using federal Race to the Top funds for “a comprehensive model of teacher evaluation” in a discussion among education reformers about how to use money that may come from the new, competitive federal education improvement grant program.
New York City schools’ Contract for Excellence (C4E), an outgrowth of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s 13-year lawsuit to improve school funding, “needs to be monitored carefully to ensure the critical funds deliver the desired results for our children,” UFT Vice President Richard Farkas told the City Council Education Committee.