Educators for Excellence-New York Applauds Paid Parental Leave for New York City Teachers
June 20 (New York) —Educators for Excellence-New York (E4E-New York), a teacher-led organization, reacts to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agreement with the United Federation of Teachers to guarantee New York City teachers receive six weeks paid parental leave, and up to 12 weeks using accumulated sick leave, for all mothers, fathers, foster parents and adoptive parents, starting in September.
“This is so exciting! As an expectant mother, I know how difficult it is for parents to be great educators and simultaneously plan for a family in New York City without the guarantee of paid parental leave,” said Melissa Dorcemus, a high school math teacher at New Design High School in Manhattan and member of E4E-New York. “I am proud to be part of a movement of teachers that shined a light on this problem by organizing, testifying and pushing our leaders to provide teachers with the same protections many other employees in New York City currently enjoy. Tomorrow morning, educators like me across our city will welcome students into their classroom without having to worry about whether or not this job will treat us fairly as we start and grow our own families.”
“Tens of thousands of teachers raised their voices and asked for the same paid parental leave policies guaranteed to many other employees in New York City. Today, Mayor de Blasio and UFT President Mulgrew did the right thing and answered their call,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Educators for Excellence. “This agreement goes a long way towards ensuring that the educators who are entrusted with New York City’s 1.1 million students can also support and bond with their own children in their critical, early weeks of life. Furthermore, this policy is both revenue neutral and includes fathers, same-sex couples and parents who adopt. This is a major step toward making the teaching profession in New York City more inclusive and more equitable, which will help to recruit and retain great teachers in our city.”