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The teachers who teach in city public schools have been without a new contract for more than four years.

This is unacceptable. There is no reason for our hardworking, dedicated and professional teachers and other support staff to have to work without a new contract. It is time for Mayor Bill de Blasio, city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew to come to the negotiating table and work in earnest and sincerity to forge a new contract for our teachers, many of whom have to endure awful and less-than-ideal working conditions in their classrooms.

These dedicated men and women who go over and above to help each of their students to reach and realize their full potential must be treated with dignity, respect and professionalism. The time for procrastinating is over. A new teacher contract must be a reality not tomorrow, next month or next year, but right now.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Updated 9:29 am, February 16, 2014
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Parent Voice from Bayside says:
You must be forgetting of major hurdles in the contract negotiations. First is the wasted money on ATR (Absent Teacher Reserves) where teachers who failed in their performance evaluations, or whose jobs were eliminated are sitting on the bench because there is no motivation for them to find jobs. Those who want to work, and have good performance reviews, find work. Those who do not get hired in other schools, or do not want to even apply to work elsewhere, sit idle. Yes, a few are used for substitute teachers, but until the UFT agrees to a time limit there is no negotiation. Also, elimination of poor performing teacher after a poor performance review, is not on the table. The UFT maintains their right to keep these teachers employed even after hours of Professional Development!
Feb. 16, 2014, 12:19 pm
Rick D says:
ALL city workers have been working without a contract. Teachers are not the only ones.
Feb. 21, 2014, 11:56 pm

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