The NYC teacher contract profoundly affects more than 75,000 teachers and 1 million students.

Parents, students and voters deserve a say in the outcome.
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Tell Mayor Bill de Blasio and UFT President Michael Mulgrew: Parents and students deserve a common sense teachers' contract.

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One of Mayor de Blasio’s first challenges is renegotiating the city’s contract with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). This contract governs much of the school system’s structure—everything from the length of the school day to how teachers are hired and how much money they earn—and will help determine the new mayor’s ability to improve our schools.

These recommendations could redirect more than $100 million a year from bureaucracy to the classroom, help the city recruit and retain even more outstanding teachers, improve working conditions for teachers and, most importantly, give more students the high-quality instruction they need to graduate ready for college or a career.

Our students deserve schools that are focused on what matters most: great teaching in every classroom. That means helping school leaders hire and retain the best teachers possible.
  • Allow schools to protect their best teachers during layoffs instead of making layoff decisions based on seniority alone
  • Give teachers whose jobs are eliminated one year with full pay to find new positions and then put them on unpaid leave 
  • Suspend teachers accused of sexual misconduct and give the chancellor the final decision about termination, after a hearing
Families need better access to their child’s school and teachers so that they can be full partners in their child’s education.
  • Require parent-teacher conferences of at least 15 minutes per student, instead of the current 2 minutes per student 
  • Ensure that parents have contact information (email or phone number) for their child’s teacher
  • Require teachers to respond to parents within 24 hours

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Access to Teachers Parent-Teacher Conferences click a document above to download
Teachers deserve to earn a solid middle-class wage from the very start of their careers, and they deserve to earn raises for consistently strong performance in the classroom.
  • Increase the starting teacher salary from $45,530 to $60,000
  • Award raises based on performance, instead of on seniority and education credits
  • Pay higher salaries to teachers in high-need subject areas, such as math, science and special education
  • Relieve teachers of administrative tasks so they can focus on instruction

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Higher Starting Salaries Rewards for Great Teachers Support Staff in Schools Military Pay click a document above to download
Common Sense Positions

In The

New York Daily News 03/31/14
Op-Ed: How to Keep Great Teachers
The Wall Street Journal 03/05/14
The Ideologue vs. the Children
The New York Post 02/18/14
Editorial: Mike Mulgrew's Whopper
The New York Post 02/16/14
Teachers Union Head Says Getting Retroactive Pay Raises a Big Issue
The New York Post 02/10/14
Op-Ed: Sending Bad Teachers Back to Class
The New York Times 11/30/13
Editorial: The New Mayor and the Teachers