MORE Weekly Update #5 – May Day Tomorrow (5/1) and People’s Assembly Saturday (5/5)

M.O.R.E – Movement of Rank and File Educators

Weekly Update #5 – 04.29.12

Greetings Movement of Rank and File Educators!

This is an important week of actions and committee meetings!

Tomorrow, please join Occupy the DOE for the educators’ contingent at the May Day protest. On Saturday, there will be a very important Peoples’ Assembly to help build for a People’s Board of Education.

Please consider joining one of MORE’s committees which are meeting over the next two weeks: Chapter Leader/Delegate Networking Event (Th, 5/3), Action (Th, 5/3), Education (Tues, 5/8), Elections (Fri, 5/11) – see below for details.

Thank you everyone for coming to our membership meeting last Saturday, April 21st.  Although the democratic process was messy and long, we agreed to found the Movement of Rank and File Educators, approved a mission statement, decided to run in the 2013 UFT elections and take on a number of action campaigns!

The full mission statement, and meeting notes are below (please reply with any corrections).  

Here is how to join MORE:

1. Agree with Mission Statement (see below)

2. Fill out membership form

3. Pay $10

By joining MORE you get full voter rights and a chance to direct the future of the caucus in an open and democratic manner.

When can you join? Come to any of the meetings below or attend the May 12 membership meeting. MORE’s website is coming soon with an online membership form.

To join the SOTU discussion group and receive additional emails, click here or reply to this email.

Meetings are organized by an open planning committee, which would love to have your input and voice.  Click here to join and get details on the planning committee.

1) Tuesday, May 1 – 4pm – Join an Educators Contingent on May Day! Occupy the DOE will gather at 4pm in front of the main entrance to Washington Irving HS at 40 Irving Place between 16th & 17th St. (4/5/6/N/R to Union Square).

2) Saturday, May 5 – 8:30am to 5pm – Coalition for Public Education citywide people’s assembly on organizing against mayoral control and for a people’s board of education. Click here for flyer.

3) Tuesday, May 8 at 4pm –  Demonstration against political harassment of teachers at Clara Barton High School 901 (Classon Ave. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin, S to Botanic, Q/B to Prospect), for bringing students to the AFLCIO “One Nation” Rally in Washington in 2010.  

4) Saturday, May 12 at 12pm – Our  May membership meeting.  Location TBA.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:

Chapter Leader / Delegate Candidate Networking Group:

Thursday, May 3rd, 4:45 PM

Grey Dog Cafe (242 W 16th St betw. 7th & 8th – 1/2/3 to 14th)


Thursday, May 3rd, 5 PM

Skylight Diner (34th St. at 9th Ave., SW corner – 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34th St.)


Tuesday, May 8th, 5pm

Old Town Bar & Restaurant (14th Street/Union Square – 4/5/6/N/Q/R/L)

45 E. 18th Street

New York, NY 10003


Friday, May 11th, 4 PM

Skylight Diner (34th St. at 9th Ave., SW corner – 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34th St.)

MISSION STATEMENT (as adopted April 21, 2012)

A – Who we are and why we are forming
1. We are members of the UFT and members of school communities and their allies.
2. We insist on receiving professional dignity and respect, and we insist on a strong, democratic union emerging from an educated and active rank and file. We oppose the lack of democracy and one-party state that has governed our union for half a century. It has conceded to our adversaries’ agendas and has collaborated with their attacks on us, leading to the terrible situation we find ourselves in.
3. We insist on a better educational environment for ourselves and for the students whose lives we touch.  Because of this resolve, we have established the MORE Caucus, which will educate, organize and mobilize the UFT membership.

B – For an improved contract
4. It is time to end the UFT’s concession to the language and assumptions of the so-called reformers and the wave of concessions and givebacks that result from conceding these assumptions.  We must be prepared to take collective action, if necessary, in defense of our interests, and to achieve a decent contract.
5. We seek a contract with retroactive pay, that is not obtained by selling off what few protections remain. We insist on defending tenure, due process rights, pensions, and an immediate end to the arbitrary denial of tenure to probationary teachers. We oppose any teacher evaluations based on standardized tests.

C – For quality curricula
6. We stand for a union that recognizes that teacher working conditions are student learning conditions and that, after parents, teachers are best situated to understand the needs of young people.
7. We insist that high stakes tests no longer deprive New York City’s children of exposure to foreign language, science, social studies and the arts.  We insist that curricula taught in our schools be mindful and respectful of the needs and backgrounds of our students, that they nurture in them the potential for active, reflective citizenship, and is committed to racial and gender equity, democracy and economic justice.  

D – Our communities, our schools
8. We reject the corporate takeover of the public schools, and the wave of school closures in the city, which have particularly affected poor communities with high proportions of people of color.  We insist on a moratorium on the opening of new charter schools.  We seek to end the cuts to education which have led to increasing class sizes as well as inadequate social, health, guidance personnel and services.
9. The schools should be the people’s schools.  We stand for democratic governance and popular control of our school system that fully reflects the needs, aspirations and diversity of those who make up its parent and student body. Mayoral control, which is inherently undemocratic, must be abolished , and be replaced by an elected people’s board of education which represents the interests of teachers, students, parents, and community.

Notes of the April 21 MORE meeting

From Peter L. and Rosie F.

Attendance: At least 51.


First vote: MORE 20, NewFT 7, Abstain 10

Second vote: to adopt MORE now, and decide on slogans/mottos at the next meeting: Many for, 1 against, 1 abstaining

Points of Unity (Mission) Amendments:

Changing Point 1: “We are members of the UFT and members of school communities and their allies.” Passed unanimously.

Adding to point 5: “We oppose any teacher evaluations based on standardized tests.” Passed 28 for, few against.

Changing ‘equity’ in point 7 to ‘equality’: 36 against, a few for, 1 against.

Changing point 9: From “The schools are…” to “The schools should be…”: Passed unanimously

The end of point 9 was changed to: “Mayoral control, which is inherently undemocratic, must be abolished , and be replaced by a an elected people’s board of education which represents the interests of teachers, students, parents, and community.”

The small group discussions are summarized by the chart papers below

Motion to table the decision about elections to the next meeting failed with 3 for, many against and 3 abstaining.

Motion to run 2013 elections passed 39 for, 1 against and 3 abstaining.

Voted Yes to endorse and approve the following Actions/Events

  • May 8th Rally in front of Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn in support of teachers being targeted for taking their students to a protest.
  • People’s Board of Education event on May 5th

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