Honorees at Puerto Rican Day Parade Dinner

Dr. Leonard Golubchick (left) Dr. Vinton Thompson, Dr. Aida Rosa & Dr. Ruth LugoJune 10, 2011
By, Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick, Activity Coordinator/Title V COOP Grant, Metropolitan College of New York

On Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Villa Barone Manor, Bronx, NY the 2011 Educational Leadership Project Banquet was held. This event sponsored by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board of Directors. Dr. Aida Rosa who coordinated the educational leadership project for the past seventeen years and Madelyn Lugo, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, presented the award to the President of Metropolitan College of New York, Dr. Vinton Thompson.

NYSUT’s Neira Tapped for Presidential Advisory Commission

June 6, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

Maria Neira, vice president of New York State United Teachers, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Neira was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor during a ceremony Thursday in Washington.
Widely recognized as a national expert on education policy and issues, Neira is a former New York City elementary bilingual teacher. In her role at NYSUT, she oversees the union’s initiatives on educational policy, and serves as its liaison to the state Education Department and Board of Regents.

FRIDAY - June 3rd Press Conference

Protesters for School ClosingsJune 2, 2011

NAACP, Parents, Elected Officials and Community Leaders to Rally against NYC Public School Closings

WHAT:  Press Conference on  how co-location expansion and public school closings will affect NYC parents and students 

WHEN:     This Friday, June3rd, 2011 at 9:00 am
WHERE:   In front of Harlem Success Academy Offices at 310 Lenox Avenue (Between 125th Street & 126th Street) 

WHO:       Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference, NYS Senator Bill Perkins, NYC Councilman Robert Jackson, Chair of NYC Council Education Committee

Stringer Holds Town Hall Meeting on Day Care Cuts

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough PresidentJune 1, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

As the June 30 deadline for Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget nears, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer held a town hall meeting June 25, 2011 to give New Yorkers an opportunity to voice their concerns about the administration’s proposed cuts to child care.

“New York must never balance its budget on the backs of children and family, but that’s exactly what these daycare reductions accomplish,” said Borough President Stringer. “Despite the Mayor’s restorations, the child care system at large is still under siege, with more than 14,000 child care slots lost in the last four years, and 7,000 fewer children from low-income families able to access care next year. New Yorkers deserve more than a half a loaf response from City Hall on an issue that impacts our most vulnerable constituents and their children.”

New York Rally Targets Cuts to Child Care Funding

Reprint May 23, 2011

By Scott Stevens May 12, 2011

UFT/photo by Miller Photography
AFT president Randi Weingarten told a rally of more than 1,000 child care workers and parents in New York City May 11 that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget plan will hurt children and working families.

"New York is a place that has always had a safety net for its children," Weingarten said. "I'm really disappointed with the mayor. He's come up with a destabilizing budget for working folks at a time when they need stability."

Drastic Cuts to Education Continue

May 23, 2011
By Stephanie West

Throughout New York State the impact of the $1.3 billion cut to public schools is devastating. Besides teacher reductions, services are being trimmed in almost every category as guidance counselors, librarians and aides. Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers are slated to lose more than 700 positions. School districts such as Averill Park (Capital Region) and Greece (Finger Lakes) are cutting arts and music. School districts are increasing class sizes. Yonkers is eliminating its Pre Kindergarten and rolling Kindergarten back to half day. Numerous school districts are cutting important programs as sports and the Gifted and Talented programs.  

Rally Against Child Care Cuts May 19th at 6PM

May 19, 2011
By Stephanie West

New York City Council Members representing the four districts that make up Upper Manhattan will hold a unity rally on Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. to protest the budget cuts to child care centers being proposed in Mayor Bloomberg’s Fiscal Year 2012 Executive Budget. Council Members Melissa Mark Viverito, Inez E. Dickens, Robert Jackson and Ydanis Rodriguez will join together with Upper Manhattan based day care providers, parents and children to highlight the disproportionate impact of these cuts on the communities of East, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood and to call for a full restoration of child care services.

Legislation to Prevent Tax Windfall for Millionaires

Assemblyman Speaker, Sheldon Silver, District 64May 18, 2011
By Stephanie West

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced legislation (A.7802) aimed at stopping a tax reduction slated to benefit millionaires.
The legislation would prevent a lowering of the existing tax rate for the wealthy, help schools stave off the worst cuts, and give them the resources so that our children's education will not be shortchanged. The Assembly’s proposal would affect only those earning more than $1 million in adjusted gross income, which constitutes less than one percent of all taxpayers.

Fundraising Effort Supports City Summer Youth Employment Program

May 18, 2011
By Stephanie West
A public private partnership to help fund summer jobs for thousands of young New York City residents has been set up by the city. The partnership will support the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which for nearly fifty years has helped generations of New Yorkers secure their first paid employment. SYEP gives City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 summer employment and educational opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sector. The City of New York, in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, has launched this fund raising campaign to continue offering opportunities despite cuts in federal and state funding. The Mayor’s Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public private partnerships throughout the five boroughs. The cost of employing a youth for seven weeks in SYEP is $1,500 an investment that research suggests yields a return many times larger.           

Protests Continue Against Budget Cuts to Child Care

Raglan George Jr., DC 1707 Executive DirectorMay 16, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

Chanting "we are one" and "enough is enough," thousands of child care workers rallied outside City Hall on May 11th to protest city budget cuts to child care funding. This massive crowd of DC 1707 members was joined by many locals of the Central Labor Council, TWA Local 100, DC 37 and the UFT.  It's estimated that eight thousand turned out for this demonstration.

Thousands Protest Teachers Layoffs and Budget Cuts

Michael Mulgrew, at center, leads the march to Wall StreetReprint, May 16, 2001

By Micah Landau, Cara Metz and Michael Hirsch published May 12, 2011,
Photo By Miller Photography

Lower Manhattan on May 12 was flooded with tens of thousands of educators, other unionized workers, students, community advocates and New Yorkers of all stripes calling for a fundamental reordering of the city’s priorities.

“This city is upside down,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew to the huge crowd of UFT members, students and parents who gathered outside City Hall.“It’s not working for all of us and that’s why we are out here today. We want a city that works for everyone.”

New Poll: Voters Dislike Bloomberg's Education Policies, but Support LIFO Repeal

New York City voters are taking a dim view of Mayor Bloomberg's education policy, but say they're with him on LIFO repealMay 15, 2011
By Michael A. Harris

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week shows that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won the support of city voters in his efforts to repeal the state’s last in, first out policy for public school teachers.

With nearly 5,000 teacher layoffs proposed in the mayor’s executive budget, Bloomberg is lobbying state lawmakers to implement a merit based system for determining who stays and who goes. Currently teacher layoffs are based solely on seniority.

Teach In at CUNY

May 13, 2011
Stephanie West

More than twenty faculty and staff from the City University of New York gave lessons today at a massive teach in on Wall Street, part of a major mobilization in Lower Manhattan organized by a coalition of community, labor, and progressive groups Over 100 “classes” took place at the event, which also featured a march and rally.

Child Care is Critical to NYC Families

May 9, 2011
By Councilwoman Annabel Palma

The Executive Budget released Friday May 6, 2011 is one step forward. However, for those low income and working families who rely on subsidized child care, there are more questions than answers at this point.

Ten Ways to Cut Costs in New York Public Schools Without Hurting the Classroom

May 6, 2011

The Alliance for Quality Education released ten concrete recommendations for actions New York State, and school districts, can take to enact cost savings without making classroom cuts. AQE is calling for state leaders to implement a series of legislative changes and promote policies that will enable school districts to implement cost savings in order to redirect funding to the classroom and mitigate cuts. Quick action by the state is urgent as school budgets will be voted on later this month and then districts will move towards implementing cuts for the coming school year. Some highlights of the recommendations include:


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