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NYC Teachers, Take Note: If You Leave, You Lose

Monday, May 12, 2014

The city’s timetable for doling out retroactive pay incentivizes teachers to stay in the school system until 2020. But the city’s ability to afford the plan may actually bank on them leaving before then.

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Mulgrew: Teachers Drive Reforms in New Labor Contract

Friday, May 09, 2014

The delegates approved the labor contract but there is still a vocal group of critics who are encouraging members of the teachers union to reject the nine-year deal. Here the union president offers his argument for a 'yes' vote.

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Opinion: Here's Why NYC Teachers Should Reject Labor Contract

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Now that the union leaders have approved the labor contract, an opposing point of view on how members of the teachers' union should vote.

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Delegates Recommend a Yes Vote for Teachers Contract

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Delegates from the United Federation of Teachers approved the proposed contract, sending it to their members for a final vote. But after going without a contract since 2009, some said they had to accept the deal even if the raises weren't as high as they would have liked.

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Teachers, Principals Looking For Big Changes in School Days

Friday, May 02, 2014

If approved by the union, the new teacher contract will require teachers to spend more time in professional development and meeting parents — a tradeoff some educators said makes sense, but others question.

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What de Blasio's Contract Deal Means for Teachers

Friday, May 02, 2014

The new teacher contract includes wage increases and back pay, a streamlined teacher evaluation process and time built into the school day for professional development and parent engagement.

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City Reaches 'Landmark' Contract with Teachers Union

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Details are out on a labor contract deal between New York City and its public school teachers. The mayor said it represents a huge breakthrough for New Yorkers because it does not rely on tax increases, and includes health care savings.

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New Head of StateTeachers Union Seeks Greater Political Clout

Monday, April 07, 2014

There’s a big change in New York's largest teacher’s union. This weekend NYSUT members elected Karen Magee as president after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll-out of the Common Core learning standards. 

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Complaints Pile On; Schools Chancellor Says It's "A Beautiful Day"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Criticism of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña's decision to keep schools open today is piling up almost as quickly as the snow. But on one point both sides agree: the city must do a better job letting the public know how it makes such decisions.

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All Eyes on Chancellor as She Reviews Bloomberg-Approved Charter Schools

Friday, January 31, 2014

The de Blasio administration asked for more time to consider whether charter schools approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg should be allowed to open, a move that sent a collective shiver down the spines of both sides of the charter debate.

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Opinion: Cut Waste at Education Dept. Before Negotiating Teachers Contract

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A former teacher -- and someone who knows his way around an audit -- argues the Department of Education has to clean up its books before asking anything of teachers in the upcoming labor contract talks. 

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Report: Millions Paid to Teachers Who Cannot Teach in the Classroom

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Daily News reported on Monday that the city will spend $29 million in 2013 on the salaries and benefits of educators who are considered "too dangerous or incompetent to work in public school classrooms but cannot be immediately fired."

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City Sues Union Over 'Rubber Room' Agreement

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is suing the teachers union for failing to comply with an agreement intended to expedite cases involving teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence. The city claims the union has failed to uphold its end of the deal to expand the number of hearing officers from 20 to 39, thwarting the goal of the 2010 agreement.

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NYC Teachers' Union Poised to Endorse Candidate for Mayor

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The city's largest labor union is slated to make an endorsement in the mayoral race on Wednesday, after members of the United Federation of Teachers meet to consider the Democratic candidates who have been seeking the UFT stamp of approval.

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Teachers Anxious Over Implementation of Eval Plan

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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Now that the evaluation plan is set, training and implementation come next. Many teachers say they are worried that the complex plan will not be carried out correctly, especially with the increased demands the plan places on principals.

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Teachers Doing Their Homework Before Union Endorsement

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

City teachers are considering the candidates before their union makes an endorsement in the mayoral race next month. At a delegates meeting, several said they hope the union backs someone who strongly supports labor, and gives teachers more respect than they feel they get from the current administration.

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Weingarten Calls for Moratorium on Common Core Consequences

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The president of the American Federation of Teachers came back home to New York to call for putting "a brake on the stakes." She criticized using new state test results before teachers are fully trained in standards called the Common Core, and curriculum is widely available.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Evals Missed Deadline

Friday, January 18, 2013

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, update us on the apparent failure of negotiations between the teachers' union and the DOE, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid.

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Potent Mix of Politics Shapes Current Education Debate

Thursday, January 17, 2013

SchoolBook's regular contributor, and English teacher, lays out the educational landscape in New York City, replete with competing candidates and unresolved issues that will define 2013, and beyond, for the city schools.

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City, Union Hit Road Block on Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.

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