CUNY Unions to Chancellor: Wake Up, We Need a Contract!

October 2, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Close to 1,000 City University of New York faculty and staff packed the street outside chancellor James Milliken’s Upper East Side apartment at 8 in the morning Oct. 1, demanding that he push the state for funds to give them their first raise in six years.

Charter School Set-Aside for Insiders Draws Fire

October 1, 2015
By Linda Ocasio

New York, NY - “Charter operators can’t publicly claim they are squeezed for space and then behind closed doors bargain for a nepotism provision that allows their children to jump the line,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew at a press conference on City Hall steps.

PSC To Deliver 'Wake Up Call' To Snoozing CUNY Chancellor

September 30, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Stagnant salaries are threatening CUNY students, according to the PSC.

New York, NY - The union representing City University of New York faculty and staff is about to make good on its promise to turn up the heat on Chancellor James Milliken — and they say the push for a fair contract is as much about the kind of learning experience CUNY students have been getting as it is about standing up for members’ rights. 

Charter School Ads are a Disgrace

September 30, 2015 
By Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte

Brooklyn, NY - The recent commercial and open letter to the Mayor by for-profit charter school leaders using Black and Latino children and their families as political pawns is a disgrace and is in itself racist. They continually use this tactic to pit parents of color against each other to disparage the Mayor and our public district schools.

AFT Report Finds Black Teachers Leaving Profession

September 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The number of Afro-American teachers in nine major cities declined sharply between 2002 and 2012, according to a report released Sept. 17 by the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute.

The 'Recipe For Disaster' Threatening Students & Teachers

September 17, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Experts say higher education is under threat.

New York, NY - Hardworking moms and dads struggling to get their kids through college won’t be happy to learn that higher institutions of learning across the country are increasingly spending a lot more money on already well-paid administrators than those actually teaching in front of the classroom — and students are the ones being shortchanged in the process. 

Mayors Equity in Education Proposal

Sepember 17, 2015
By CSA President Ernest Logan

New York, NY - Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernest Logan called Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Equity and Excellence in Education” proposals “ambitious and potentially transformational.

UFT Backs McMahon for District Attorney

September 16, 2015
By Tara Jessup

Staten Island, NY — The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), which represents over 100,000 teachers and other school personnel, have endorsed Michael E. McMahon for Staten Island District Attorney.

Seattle Teachers’ Strike Shuts Schools for Second Week

September 15, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle public schools remained closed Sept. 14, the fourth day of a strike by city teachers. The Seattle Education Association made a lower offer to the school district the day before—a two-year deal with a 4.75% raise the first year, 5% the second, and a 3% cost-of-living increase from the state—but said district officials had been too recalcitrant for them to get close to an agreement that would enable them to come back to work.

Seattle Teachers Strike on First Day of School

September 10, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Teachers in Seattle went on strike Sept. 9, the first day of school for the city’s 53,000 public-school students. The walkout came after the city school district offered the Seattle Education Association a counterproposal worth barely one-third of what the union had asked for two days before.

Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

August 28, 2015
By AFT President Randi Weingarten

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing teachers posting pictures of their classrooms on Facebook, saying, “My classroom’s ready!” That takes me right back to my childhood, helping my mom prepare her classroom for the students in the waning days of August.

NYC School Construction Authority Snapshot

August 21, 2015
By Stephanie West

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) will continue to make substantial infrastructure investments over the next four years, according to its recently amended 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The Plan calls for $13.5 billion in new commitments and is approximately $2 billion larger than the 2010-2014 plan.

ACS, we demand you restore Young Minds Day Care Center

August 19, 2015
Laurie A. Cumbo, NYC Councilmember

When we fail to advocate on behalf of our children, we set them up for failure. When you uproot children from their communities and place them in unfamiliar surroundings, you remove their sense of identity and place them at a disadvantage.

NLRB Rules Teach for America Members Can Join Unions

August 10, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The National Labor Relations Board ruled July 31 that Teach for America corps members have the right to join unions. The board held that 14 Teach for America members at the University Prep Schools network in Detroit should have been allowed to vote in an election last spring on whether to join the Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, part of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan.

Cuomo Urged to Step Up For Higher Education

July 23, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Barbara Bowen.

New York, NY - Referencing his pivotal support in the Fight for $15, higher education advocates on Wednesday urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to be bold and back a measure strengthening the state's financial commitment to hard-pressed CUNY and SUNY schools throughout the system.  

The Murphy Institute Survives Bloomberg Era; Pursuing Autonomy within CUNY

July 22, 2015
By Marc Bussinch

New York, NY—As former Mayor Michael Bloomberg started his controversial third-term the Murphy Institute suddenly saw its budget slashed from $400,000 to zero. The institute’s labor advisory board painfully realized that its budget couldn’t be left to the political whims of a standing administration. After three decades of being a sub-unit of a sub-unit of the City University of New York, the Murphy Institute now hopes to be a freestanding unit within CUNY.

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