Sam Coleman, Vice Presidential Candidate for Elementary Schools, is in his 8th year as a dual language elementary school teacher at PS 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He served as UFT delegate and is an active organizer with a number of grassroots educator groups in NYC.
“I am running on the MORE slate because I believe that the role of the union is to merge the fight for better working conditions, job security and a fair contract with the broader fight to halt the privatization of public education. A member-driven union must be responsive to educators’ concerns. At the same time, we, the union, must educate and organize our colleagues to collectively stand up for ourselves and our students. Since joining the UFT I have been deeply disappointed by the contractual sellouts that Unity claims as victories, shocked at the leadership’s unwillingness to stand up for members in the schools and humiliated by my union’s collaboration with corporate ‘education reformers’. It is time for a Movement of Rank and File Educators to put the UFT at the front of the fight for a just public education system.”