With 1.9% enrollment drop, NYC schools have lost 64,000 students since pandemic started

From Chalkbeat: Enrollment in the nation’s largest school system has dropped roughly 1.9% this school year, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the education department. Roughly 938,000 students are enrolled in New York City’s public schools, down from about 955,000 last school year, when the system saw a significant decline related to the coronavirus […]

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NYC teachers union calls for weekly covid testing for some students as first school closes with at least 16 positive staff cases

From Chalkbeat: New York City’s teachers union called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ramp up the frequency of random coronavirus testing in schools for students under 12, just one day after the city’s first school closure of the year due to widespread virus transmission among staff. The city should test 10% of students under […]

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CSA Backpay Holding up New Contract

Contract talks between the principals union and the city break down over issue of back pay The CSA and the city have hit a roadblock over this (predictable) question: Will Administrators who worked under the expired teacher’s contract get back pay?  Listen to this post! We posted about the new teacher contract here. And we […]



NYPD UFT Fight Why Michael Mulgrew decided to back Sharpton’s rally is a complicated issue. (One we’re not equipped to unpack, much less judge, right now.) But nonetheless, this was a big misstep for Mulgrew, as the press is fanning the flames of an NYPD UFT fight.  Listen to this post! Share your thoughts with […]


UFT Contract Reactions

UFT Contract Reactions “I believe this is a watershed moment for our school system,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.  Check your sources! There are a lot of articles flying around. Everyone needs an angle. Let’s step back a minute and realize that. Maybe that list of 8 things from Buzzfeed isn’t the best way […]


UFT Wins Lesson Plan Grievance

UFT Wins Lesson Plan Grievance Just in: The UFT has announced that an independent arbitrator has ruled in the lesson plan grievance. Administrators can no longer mandate the content of a lesson plan. Listen to this post! Please share! From the UFT: In a resounding win for teacher professionalism and teacher voice, an arbitrator has […]


UFT contract announcement

  UFT Contract Announcement! According to multiple sources, Mayor DeBlasio will make a UFT Contract Announcement TODAY. UPDATE: it’s official!  Listen to this post: Here’s what we’ve heard: The Chalkbeat blog has a post on Career Ladder, Parent Face-Time, and Fewer Evaluation Metrics. The contract will include (according to sources), salary steps for taking on […]


Farina Addresses Teachers

Chancellor Fariña Addresses Teachers Her goal: Restore dignity and Respect to teaching Chancellor Fariña addresses teachers, at a town hall meeting with UFT members.  Her first priority — and the accomplishment by which she most wants to be judged — is restoring dignity and respect to the teaching profession.  “No one works well if beaten down,” she […]



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