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Two CLS Schools become Magnet

Five Brooklyn schools in districts 14 and 32 received grants from the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program. Two of the schools are Community Learning Schools:  PS […]

Girls in Finance

Women’s Leadership Initiative Presents: Girls in Finance Girls trekked in from Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology in Far Rockaway and Discovery High […]

VIEWPOINT by Karen Alford, Vice President

CLS advocacy stronger than ever

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford Each year, as the spring unfolds, our educators and our partners direct much of their energy towards helping our students and families successfully complete the term and be well positioned for next year. Our thoughts turn to how we can build on the momentum of the current school year and see it through to the end […]

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CLS advocacy stronger than ever

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford Each year, as the spring unfolds, our educators and our partners direct much of their energy towards helping our students and families successfully complete the term and be well positioned for next year. Our thoughts turn to how we can build on the momentum of the current school year and see it through to the end […]

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Newsletter April 2017: CLS advocacy stronger than ever

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford Each year, as the spring unfolds, our educators and our partners direct much of their energy towards helping our students and families successfully complete the term and be well positioned for next year. Our thoughts turn to how we can build on the momentum of the current school year and see it through to the end […]

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Two CLS Schools become Magnet

Five Brooklyn schools in districts 14 and 32 received grants from the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program. Two of the schools are Community Learning Schools:  PS 196, the Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication, Media, and the Arts; and MS 582, the Magnet School for Multimedia Technology and Urban Planning. This MSAP grant helps establish a course of study to create […]

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After-school programs critical to student development

Across the nation, after-school programs are making a difference, here’s why. Before Trump administration bureaucrats start making value judgments about education programs, they should at least have the courtesy to learn more about them. Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, recently justified proposed reductions in federal funding for afterschool programs by claiming that there’s no “demonstrable […]

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Girls in Finance

Women’s Leadership Initiative Presents: Girls in Finance Girls trekked in from Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology in Far Rockaway and Discovery High School in the Bronx to learn the abc’s of Wall Street. Hosted by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, the evening featured female executives in law and finance on a panel sharing their […]

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Newsletter Jan/Feb 2017: CLS mission: more imperative than ever

A group of Newark, N.J., educators and government staffers visited PS 18 in the Bronx to see best practices in a community school. Above: PS 18 Assistant Principal Anwar Zindani, center seated; UFT Vice President of Elementary Education Karen Alford, UFT, second from left; and PS 18 Principal Lauren Sewell Walker, standing. (For more information, see story below.)

By UFT Vice President Karen Alford When we launched our NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative, we knew we needed to improve the lives of our children, families, school staff and the surrounding community. We knew we needed to make it a priority to remove persistent barriers to learning so our children and school communities could thrive. Our starting point was […]

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