MORE Weekly Update #10 – 06.4.12

June 5, 2012 — Leave a comment
“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions”  – more@morecaucusnyc.org

Greetings Movement of Rank and File Educators!

IMPORTANT:

Save the date! MORE’s end of year celebration will be on Saturday June 16. See Upcoming Events section for more information.

Stay tuned for details about the MORE summer series.

Congratulations to those who have 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.

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. You can read and sign the letter here. The letter has already been endorsed by Movement of Rank-and-file Educators, the social justice caucus of the UFT. Please share widely with those who might be interested, including concerned parents or community members.

Please join MORE if you haven’t already, and take a moment to check out our new website at morecaucusnyc.org.

Spread the word–help build MORE!

Distribute the MORE leaflet at your school, to other schools in your building, or to other educators and community members.

Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/MOREcaucusNYC

Follow us on Twitter: @morecaucusnyc

Check out MORE’s website: MOREcaucusNYC.org

Email us at: more@morecaucusnyc.org

We want to hear from you! Check out MORE’s online discussion forum to get the latest news and goings on, and to join in the conversation.

Open call for MORE branding proposals!
Members of MORE are on the move, growing our base and building capacity, through collectively representing the Social Justice Caucus (SJC) at DAs, other events and schools across the city. What better way to get our name out there, than repping with a stylish MORE poster or t-shirt?

But before we can print posters and t-shirts, we need a logo! Submissions for any MORE logo designs are now welcomed. Please reply to this email with relevant ideas or images.

Upcoming MORE Events:

Educate! Agitate! Mobilize! Join the MORE Education Committee study group about High Stakes Testing:

Thursday, June 7th – 5 to 7 PM

         Session 2- The Trouble with Accountability
Readings: Chapters 8 and 9 from Diane Ravitch’s The Life and Death of
the Great American School System.
PDF of Chapter 8: http://www.ittybittyurl.com/dpc

         PDF of Chapter 9: http://www.ittybittyurl.com/dpd

Thursday, June 21st – 5 to 7 PM

         Session 3- Moving Forward; Working together to create discussion points.

Saturday, June 16th – 5 to 7 PM          MORE End of Year Celebration
Join MORE at our End of Year Celebration. We will gather at Druids Bar and Restaurant for Happy Hour at 5 PM. Come mingle, converse and honor all your hard work with some much deserved fun! For more details visit: http://tinyurl.com/6o54g6h

Other Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, June 5th – 5 PM      NYC Discipline Code Press Conference and Hearing
Join Teachers Unite and the Dignity in Schools Campaign–New York along with students, parents, teachers, and advocates at a press conference to address the overuse of suspensions and other punitive discipline in New York City’s schools. The Press Conference, followed by a Hearing at 6 PM will be held at Stuyvesant High School.
For more information visit: http://teachersunite.net/node/707

Thursday, June 7th – 11 AM          Field Trip Against Field Tests

Parent Voices NY is a group of parents that have organized a day of action in protest of the field tests pushed on teachers to administer to students this June purely to serve the research needs of testing companies. See their website for more information about the day of action on June 7th as well as other resources like a “Field Test Boycott Kit,” and a handout with “10 Facts About High Stakes Tests.”

Tuesday, June 12th – 5 PM        Rally for the Turnaround Schools
Stand in solidarity with the teachers, students and communities of the 24 turnaround schools at this protest against the City’s outrageous closing of these 2 dozen public schools. Rally to be held at Tweed.

Sunday, June 17th – 2PM         Protest NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy

Join the UFT at a Silent March to protest the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy, which disproportionately targets young Black and Latino men. The UFT contingent will be gathering on 110th Street, between 5th and Lenox Avenues, at 2 p.m. The silent march, which will begin at 3 p.m., and will end at 79th Street and Madison Avenue.
See the flier here, and for more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/6ml65xz

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