DEPT. of ED. & UFT LINGO TRANSLATIONS
Administrative Period Periods during which a teacher
is scheduled for activity other than teaching or class preparation.
Arbitration A process by which a dispute is referred
to an impartial third party for a decision.
Attrition A reduction in numbers of employees in
specified job categories based on resignation, retirement, or death.
Basic Educational Support The minimum numbers of
books and other supplies needed to conduct classes without impairment.
Blue Book Another term for the booklet "Parent
Associations and the Schools." This booklet, which is published by the
New York City Board of Education, explains the rights and duties of
parent associations that operate within the public school system. The
latest version was issued in June 1998.
Bumping The process of displacing another employee
who has been excessed by budget cuts or program changes. The ability to
bump another employee is based on seniority.
Captive Lunch A term referring to the policy of
keeping children in the school during their lunch period for reasons of
safety and to prevent truancy.
Certified Provisional Teachers (CPTs) Teachers who
hold state provisional or permanent certificates but who have not
obtained a city license.
Cluster Teacher Teacher in the elementary schools who
is specially assigned to teach classes in music, art, science, health
education, or the fundamental skills (such as reading), and who covers
classes to provide a preparation period for the regular classroom
Collective Bargaining The process of negotiation
between management and organized labor, which results in a collective
bargaining agreement, that is, a union contract.
Collective Bargaining Agreement The contract
agreement between management and organized labor that spells out terms
and conditions of employment, such as wages and hours.
Common Branch Subjects Any or all the subjects
usually taught or included in the daily program of elementary schools,
such as arithmetic.
Curriculum All of the courses offered in a school or
all of the courses in any one subject.
Discharge Termination of employment, usually for
Double Seniority An incentive that allows teachers to
accumulate special seniority credit for the purpose of transfer for
time spent in Chapter 1 schools. Only the period of employment before
1987 counts for double seniority.
Excessing A term that refers to a situation in which
there are too many employees for the available positions because of
budget cuts. An excessed employee may bump or displace another employee
with less seniority.
Extracurricular Activities that are outside the
curriculum or regular course of study but under the supervision of the
school, for example, dramatics or athletic activities.
Grievance A complaint filed by an employee about
unjust, discriminatory, or oppressive working conditions or a violation
of the union contract.
Homeroom Classes Classes in which children assemble
at least once a day for administrative purposes, for example, taking
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) An individualized
education plan must be provided to each child with a handicapping
condition, mandated by federal law. Each IEP takes into account the
particular needs of the child.
Layoffs The end of employment, sometimes only on
temporary basis, because there is a lack of available work or for
License Common term used for state or city
certificate required for teachers to be fully appointed to a position
in the New York City schools and eligible for full salary, benefits,
and tenure. Under New York State law, however, teaching is not a
License Area The subject area in which a teacher is
licensed to teach, for example, a teacher may be licensed to teach
mathematics in high schools.
Limited English Proficient (LEP )Students Pupils
scoring at or below the 40th percentile on Language the Assessment
Battery (LAB) Test. This term has been replaced by the term English
Language Learners (ELL).
Longevity Increases Increases in pay given to
employees who have completed lengthy terms of service in employment,
which are beyond the standard salary schedule.
Mainstreaming The policy of educating children with
handicapping conditions, with or without related aids and services,
with general education students.
Paraprofessional / Para A teacher’s classroom
assistant. The word can also be used more widely to describe an
employee who assists a professional, such as family workers.
Patronage The power to appoint to office or to grant
other favors, or the act of appointing or granting favors, especially
Per-Session Work Work performed by a teacher after
regular school hours. There are limits set on the amount of per-session
work or overtime that a teacher may work per year. The limit in the
1990 UFT contract is set at 270 hours per year.
Preparation Time / Prep Time
Time given to teachers to prepare for
classroom instruction during the school day.
Preparatory Provisional Teachers (PPT) Teachers who
have not completed all the requirements for provisional state
certificate, but who hold only a temporary state license. PPTs have
three years to complete the requirements for state and city
Related Services Transportation and those
developmental, corrective, and other supportive services required to
assist a child with handicapping conditions to benefit from a special
Salary Schedule A listing of employee salaries,
usually by steps, which is based on job duties, qualifications, and
length of employment (also referred to as longevity).
School-Based Management/Shared Decision Making (SBM/SDM)
A process found in some schools by which members of the school
community, including teachers, parents, and administrators, work
together to identify important issues, define goals, develop policies,
and implement programs in the schools to improve the educational
program. SBM/SDM was a term used under Chancellor Fernandez. More
current and related initiatives are called School Based Management,
Comprehensive Education Plans and Whole School Reform.
School-Based Option (SBO) An option within the
teachers' contract which allows schools to change provisions of the
contract in four areas: class size, rotation of teacher assignments or
classes, teacher schedules, and/or rotation of paid coverage for the
entire school year. June 2002 -- In the new contract, only 55% of the
U.F.T.'s voting chapter members at a school (down from 75%) are needed
to change a contract provision for that school.
Seniority A status achieved by length of service on
the job. Seniority gives priority to the holder over other employees
with shorter service, in retaining employment, transferring to other
schools, and other conditions of employment.
Special Education Programs for students with mental,
physical, emotional, or learning disabilities.
Steps The various components of a salary schedule
which show how pay will increase according to certain factors such as
length of service.
Teaching Periods Those periods of time when a teacher
is actively involved with a student in the act of teaching.
Tenure A status granted to a teacher, a principal, or
other civil service worker who has completed certain requirements, such
as length of service requirements, which gives the employee permanent
job security. An employee with tenure may only be removed for the most
3020-a Proceedings A due process procedure used for
handling complaints about teachers, principals, and other school