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New York Teacher, Sept. 22, 2011Highlights from the Sept. 22 issue of New York Teacher:

DOE discontinues controversial Teacher Data Reports
New York City’s Teacher Data Reports will be going the way of the dodo bird, following a Department of Education announcement on Sept. 15. The DOE said it would no longer produce the reports and instead turn that part of the teacher evaluation process over to the state.

Building a peaceful school and students with emotional intelligence
At PS 80 in Jamaica, Queens, there were fights breaking out throughout the day — in the cafeteria, the schoolyard, the hallways and even during class. With skirmishes on so many fronts, longtime guidance counselor Max Nass couldn’t be in all the trouble spots at all times. He knew something had to be done — and fast.

President’s Perspective
Taking back our profession

We face many challenges this school year, starting with the hard realities of more budget cuts and austerity, exploding class sizes and increasing poverty and homelessness among our students. But in the face of challenges, the members of our union always make our schools work, and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do.

4 of 5 UFT-backed candidates win on Sept.13
With a lift from UFT members in a low-turnout election, four of the UFT’s five endorsed candidates were elected to office or won a primary contest on Sept. 13. At a chapter leaders’ meeting the day after the election, UFT President Michael Mulgrew lauded union volunteers in Brooklyn and Queens for their efforts.

What I do
Howard Sandau, registered nurse in the Surgical/Intensive Care Unit at Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, and member of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, shares his work life providing care to patients who are critically injured, either from gunshot wounds or stabbings, or in critical condition from surgical emergencies.

Ground Zero kids paint their world
In the morning, they held hands with thousands of others in a human chain across lower Manhattan, and in the afternoon they put those hands to work, painting a mural to commemorate 9/11. For many of the children taking part in the Manhattan Community Board 1 “Hand in Hand” events on Sept. 10, Ground Zero was their backyard.

Ed analysts are UFT members, arbitrator rules
The UFT has more than 100 new members. A precedent-setting decision by arbitrator Martin F. Scheinman, delivered in early September, extended union membership to 112 of more than 120 educational analysts whose status had been in dispute.

Schools welcome kids for a new year
Nervous children and teary parents got a warm welcome not only from their teachers at PS/IS 187 in upper Manhattan on Sept. 8, but from UFT President Michael Mulgrew, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson.