Archives For May 2012

“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.”

Greetings Movement of Rank and File Educators!

IMPORTANT:

***Save the date for MORE’s end of year celebration on Saturday June 16. ***

Read the MORE statement on the recent Michael Mulgrew story in the news here on the MORE website.

Congratulations to those who have already won their delegate and chapter leader elections! Best of luck to those who are still running. Please contact us if you need  information on how to run an election, compose campaign literature or assistance on any other issues that are coming up. The next meeting of chapter leaders and delegates will be on Thursday, May 31 at 4:30 PM. See details listed in Upcoming MORE Events below.

Open call for MORE branding proposals! See the Spread the Word section for more details.

Sign onto the open letter written to Chancellor Walcott and the DOE requesting permission to not be required to participate in the June field tests. Continue Reading…

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MORE is committed to democratic, activist unionism and accountable leadership. Our members have devoted years to challenging  the Unity leadership’s pattern of  bargaining away our rights and calling each give-back a victory, while at the same time we do the daily work of teaching and advocating for our students and their parents. We have also opposed the undemocratic functioning of the Unity leadership which has marginalized opposition voices, discouraged membership activism, and has used its absolute control of the union machinery to foster a patronage system that rewards cronyism instead of competence.

At the same time we will not join with the New York Post in its crusade against teacher unionism because it is a campaign not just against Michael Mulgrew but against all New York City educators. Continue Reading…

Movement Of Rank & File Educators

is committed to building a union that EDUCATES, AGITATES and MOBILIZES its membership. Under the name of Education Reform, the High Stakes Movement is destroying public education and attempting to bust the teachers union. Join us in a discussion of the origins and effects of High Stakes Testing and Evaluation.

EDUCATE!Join us in reading selected chapters from Au’s, Unequal By Design and Ravitch’s, Death and Life of American’s Great American School System (see details on the back)

AGITATE!How are high stakes tests racists? How do standardized tests push out students of color and actively segregate schools? How has our union leadership failed to respond to the issues of high stakes testing and evaluation?

MOBILIZE! Develop materials for distribution around the truth behind the origins and effects of high stakes testing for students and evaluation for teachers and schools. Continue Reading…

Please sign the letter supporting the boycott of Pearson’s field testing!

PDF version coming soon to distribute to your coworkers to sign…

Weekly Update #7 – 05.15.12

Greetings Movement of Rank and File Educators!

Tomorrow, help grow MORE by coming to the UFT delegate assembly and distributing our leaflet about the failure of the UFT leadership to organize to stop the school closings and their complicity in the test-based evaluation schemes.

There will also be an important resolution on the floor about supporting a demonstration against the impending closing of the 24 turnaround schools – please raise it if you have speaking rights. The text is below as well.

Thank you everyone for coming out to our membership meeting last Saturday. We decided on a number important action plans – see notes below for details.

If you haven’t already, please take a second to join MORE and check out our new website, morecaucusnyc.org, where you can sign up to distribute our leaflet in your school and to other schools within your school building.

Save the date for an end of year meeting/celebration on June 16. Location TBA.

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Zero for Two

May 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

Please help us distribute this leaflet in your school (click here to let us know where you can get it out) and at the upcoming UFT Delegate Assembly on May 16th at 52 Broadway, 4pm.

0 for 2

The Mulgrew/Unity leadership is batting .000 this year. It has failed to protect us against school closings and a new teacher evaluation process that will tie our job security to our students’ standardized test scores.

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Weekly Update #6 – 05.07.12

Greetings Movement of Rank and File Educators!

All out for our membership meeting on Saturday, May 12 at Noon at the CUNY Graduate Center – Room 5414 (New Location! 365 5th Ave @ 34th St, 6 to 33rd, B/D/F/M/N/R to Herald Square). Also, there is an important demonstration against teacher harassment on Tuesday, and a discussion of our election efforts on Friday (see below). Save the date for an end of year meeting/celebration on June 16.

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