Teachers Fear For Special Needs Children

December 12, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Paul Cassone (right) with parents and students rallying this week.

Brooklyn, NY - Educators at the Guild For Exceptional Children’s Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Program could soon be out of a job in the New Year - but this week, they’re much more concerned about what will happen to the 242 special needs children that they teach. 

Principals’ Prez Warns School Leaders Face Pivotal Moment

December 11, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—After Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the principals’ union, Ernest Logan, announced a nine-year contract, Mr. Logan told his members in the accompanying video at the union’s 47th annual conference that school leaders are in a pivotal movement as the whole country watches to see whether public education can endure.

De Blasio: ‘Experienced Public Education Leaders Must Lead Reform’

December 10, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—After announcing that the city and the principals union had reached a new contract, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the accompanying video that only experienced public educators can lead the reform of public education in New York City.

Principals’ Union Wins New Contract, Retroactive Pay

December 9, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

The signs boded well as the procession descended the staircase into the hotel ballroom: A dozen-odd people, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, city schools chancellor Carmen Fariña, and Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which was holding its annual convention there Dec. 6.

AFT’s Weingarten Arrested in Garner Verdict Protest

December 8, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and several prominent rabbis were among those arrested Dec. 4 in a civil-disobedience protest against the Staten Island grand-jury decision not to indict the police officer who asphyxiated Eric Garner last summer.

City and Principals Union Reach New Contract

December 7, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Just before the president of the principals union, Ernest Logan, introduced Mayor Bill de Blasio to speak to the union’s 47th annual conference, he informed his members that they have a new contract with the City, prompting loud applause.

Union Prez to City Hall: ‘Give Us A Fair Wage’!

December 5, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—As airport and fast food workers rallied outside City Hall after marching along Chambers Street on a national day of action calling for higher wages, the president of a public sector union said in the accompanying video that many of his members are also earning less than $15 an hour.

NYS Charter Schools a Taxpayer Fraud Risk

December 3, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The Center for Popular Democracy and Alliance for Quality Education has released a report titled Risking Public Money: New York Charter School Fraud. The document reveals vulnerabilities in the state’s charter oversight system that could potentially cost New York State taxpayers $54 million in charter fraud this year alone.

NYC Pre-K Enrolls 53,230 Children

November 13, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY — New York City has successfully enrolled 53,230 children in full-day pre-K during this school year. Children are attending programs in 1,700 sites. These include public schools and community-based early childhood centers in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Over 6,000 educators have been hired and are participating in the city’s first-ever Citywide Professional Development Training for pre-K instructors.

Boston University and 32BJ Reach Agreement

November 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Boston, Mass. - SEIU 32BJ District 615 reached an agreement with Boston University. That contract will include a 10 percent raise over four years and affordable healthcare benefits. The agreement will cover almost 800 custodians, mailroom operators, groundskeepers and skilled trades in 300 facilities throughout the Boston University campus.

Reaction to Cuomo's Statements on Public Schools

October 31, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - The Alliance for Quality Education along with leading community and educational leaders have reacted to recent statements by Governor Cuomo regarding public education - particularly his vow to break the public schools “public monopolies” and replace them with more privately-run charter schools.

Organized Labor Hopes to Grow by Helping Immigrants Gain Citizenship

October 29, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Jersey City, NJ—The New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO, along with New Jersey elected officials, debut the state’s first labor-led immigration support center that will help Hudson County’s 93,000 legal immigrants obtain legal citizenship.

NYSUT Chief Tees Off For Teacher Tenure

October 23, 2014
LaborPress Editorial
By Joe Maniscalco

Karen Magee, David Pollak and Lou Gordon.

New York, NY - NYSUT President Karen Magee registered the longest drive of the day while striking a blow for teacher tenure at the Business and Labor Coalition of New York’s annual golf outing recently held at the New York Country Club in New Hempstead.

Major Change For NYC School Kids?

October 23, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Will Generation Next be wearing school uniforms?

Bronx, NY - Councilman Andy King [D-12th District] thinks New York City school kids should be required to wear uniforms to class, and he’s betting that he has enough support at both the city and state levels to make it happen. 

NYU Underpays the Graduates

October 23, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—New York University recently won a favorable court decision to rebuild its Washington Square campus for $6 billion, but it doesn’t want to pay its graduate employees over at the Polytechnic campus in Brooklyn a living wage.

CUNY Profs March for New Contract

October 22, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—CUNY professors have been teaching and researching without a contract since October 2010. That’s why they rallied on Tuesday night at the Community Church of New York on East 35th Street before marching past Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices on Third Avenue and concluding at CUNY’s Welcome Center on 42nd Street.

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