The UFT Charter School
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
The UFT Charter School
The UFT Charter School, founded by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in September 2005, has been plagued by high turnover of principals (called “leaders”), troubled finances, and poor academic performance, according to WNYC radio. It barely escaped being closed by the state in 2013. [Photo by WNYC’s Beth Fertig.]
The UFT Charter School was designed to show that the union is not to blame for the city schools' problems. While many proponents of charter schools have suggested that excessive union regulations prevent ordinary public schools from being successful, the UFT Charter School is out to prove that it's possible to run a good school while following the union contract.
However, the school has been beset by problems. Although the elementary school appears to be “strong,” the building serving middle and high school students—about a mile away--has had five principals in seven years, chronic shortages of textbooks and supplies and 10 cases of corporal punishment, WNYC reported, quoting a review by the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute.
SUNY decided in 2013 to renew the charter for two years only.
The school has financial troubles, partly because of high attrition; many elementary school children choose not to continue at the middle and high school, the SUNY review said.
UFT officials acknowledge the problems, but say their best students are lured away by other schools. "Right now in this building, our level 3 and 4 students are being recruited by other charter schools, out of the fourth grade," Shelia Evans-Tranumn, who oversees both campuses, told WNYC. "We don't go in and rob another school of their top learners. But many charter schools have an aggressive on-the-ground campaign to get the better students."
UFT Charter elementary school shares a building with IS 292.
Special education: The school was in violation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, because it had a number of students who required more restrictive classroom settings than the school offered, WNYC reported, quoting a SUNY review.
Admissions: Lottery, priority to District 19 residents. (Clara Hemphill, updated with WNYC reports, August 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 991
Average Daily Attendance 94%
Safety & vibe
How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?37% 20% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?55% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average kindergarten classNA 23 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average fifth grade classNA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Number of students in an average middle school english classNA 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?58% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?66% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many students are chronically absent?21% 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam
Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ela exam
Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam
Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 science exam
Does the school encourage family involvement?
How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the 2012-2013 school year?71% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Do parents like the school?
How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?92% 92% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
How well does this school serve students with disabilities?
As of 2012-2013, this school offers self-contained classes.
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 1% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers team teaching (ict).
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:7% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:7% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
As of 2012-2013, this school offers SETSS.
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 math exam:0% 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the 2013 ELA exam:0% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?
How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?
How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?