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New York Teacher, March 8, 2012Highlights from the March 8 issue of New York Teacher:

Members ‘disgusted and angry’
Teachers reacted with dismay and anger when they returned to school on Monday, Feb. 27, after the release of deeply flawed Teacher Data Reports that ranked them against their colleagues based on student test scores.

Proposal: Co-locations would need CEC OK
UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined state and city elected officials, parents and education advocates on Feb. 28 to announce his support for proposed state legislation that would require elected parent councils to approve school co-locations before they could go into effect.

Blue-ribbon effort supports schools held hostage
UFT campaign aims to save 33 PLA schools mayor wants to close
Blue ribbons on trees and fence posts, posters blasting the mayor in neighborhood stores, buttons and school-based protest actions are the markers of a blue-ribbon campaign launched by the UFT in concert with the teachers, parents, students and community members at 33 “persistently lowest achieving” schools, who refuse to sit by while Mayor Bloomberg moves to gut their staffs.

Experts, pols agree: Bloomberg was wrong
Outrageous. That’s the word educator and author Linda Darling-Hammond from Stanford University used to describe the release of the Teacher Data Reports, and she was not alone.

UFT offers support to stunned members
With legal avenues exhausted and the Teacher Data Reports made public, the UFT quickly switched gears and mounted a multipronged response to get the word out to parents and the public that the reports were inaccurate and misleading and to aid teachers hurt by their release.

Mulgrew rips DOE’s $500M blunder
Failing to file for Medicaid reimbursements ‘one of biggest scandals of the Bloomberg administration’
Testifying at a City Council hearing, UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 1 took the Department of Education to task for its failure to claim more than $500 million in Medicaid reimbursements for services provided to students with special needs each year.

Lights, camera … action!
Teacher’s dream TV studio at Staten Island Tech an asset for the school — and the community
Teacher Frank Mazza’s million-dollar dream has finally come true and he’s ready to share it with everyone. Staten Island Technical HS’s $1.25 million television studio, fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, is open for business — everyone’s business.

Bullying takes an academic toll, too
Bullying may not be new. Its causes may be unclear. Its treatment may be controversial. But its impact has been shown to be very far-reaching indeed. What’s more, the impact is not only social and emotional but academic. Aside from the pain of seeing their students hurt or belittled, educators are finding that bullying has especially insidious effects on student achievement.

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