MORE Candidates of the Day: Rosie Frascella, Executive Board High School Division

April 3, 2013 — 23 Comments

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Rosie Frascella is in her 6th year teaching English Language Arts to English language learners.  She currently works at the International High School at Prospect Heights where she is a union delegate. Before becoming an English teacher, she was a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She graduated from the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College. She is member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE).

“I am running with MORE because I believe in unions and I want to continue to work to make my union stronger and more democratic. I am inspired by the potential for vast improvements in education by the vision of educators, school staff, parents, and students collectively organizing and working together. I believe all education stakeholders deserve a voice in the decisions that affect our schools. It’s time to build a MORE perfect union.”

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23 responses to MORE Candidates of the Day: Rosie Frascella, Executive Board High School Division

  1. 

    Why would MORE CAUCUS resort to a rag like the NY Post to win votes? How does aligning with the people who have been working endlessly to destroy Unions help Unions?
    Has More Caucus become so desperate for votes against UNITY that they would befriend the Rupert Murdoch’s? What’s next, lunch with the Koch Brothers, Or an Interview with the Inquirer? I’m checking the box and sticking with the leadership that I know will always have my back and not sell the members out to gain a vote.
    True Leadership=UNITY
    Check the Box

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      I can’t believe that the MORE CAUCUS is so desperate that they would stoop so low to use the NY Post to try to denigrate the President of the UFT; I guess they are trying to grab at straws. The NY Post at every opportunity has tried to destroy the UFT and the middle class working people. Shame on you for aligning yourself with the Bloomberg Administration and Rupert Murdochs of the World!

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    I find it VERY disappointing-and extremely telling of your values and leadership-that your caucus chose to associate themselves with this publication. At our core, we are a union of over 70,000 members. Despite our professional differences, we should stand united in our dedication to providing students with the best education possible. We should also be of the understanding that those who bad-mouth our profession really don’t understand all the intricacies involved with being an educator: Only those who are “in it”, really “get it”. That said, please explain how you could think it’s acceptable to engage in conversation with The New York Post- a “newspaper” that has gone out of its way to degrade our profession. They find every opportunity to attempt to denigrate, embarrass, criticize and slant the truth in order to make us, as teachers, look bad. Yet, THIS is whom you confide in?!?! THIS is the media outlet you chose to air your platform?!?! MORE Caucus, let me be (one of) the first to go on record and say you just stabbed 70,000 union members in the back. You sold us out for tabloid exposure. If it’s safe to assume that the leaders of MORE okay’d this move, may I leave you with a saying I learned from my brother: “Fish spoils from the head”.

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    More has to demand the following: End of ATR situation with such teachers going back to the classroom as regular teachers. Demanding lower class sizes and removal of disruptive children before we can talk about evaluating teachers. The Leadership Academy must go. People who never taught can’t rate teachers.

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      It is very disconcerting that some people have nothing better to react with than to make personal attacks. I know Rosie and she’s a fine person with the noblest of intentions. While I’m not in her organization, I cannot find anything objectionable in what it does.

      Unable to work with the facts to build the case, they come in with mention of the Post. Since they bring it up, let’s deal with the Post story. It says that Mulgrew is afraid to debate. The embarrassing fact for Unity is that it has found various ways over the last few weeks to avoid exposing Mulgrew to a debate. It is really haughty for Mulgrew to dodge initiatives for a valid public debate.

      As to the last last comment, MORE is demanding that ATRs be offered positions. MORE opposes the Leadership Academies. Keep in mind that Unity gave us the 2005 contract that ended the seniority transfer and created the ATR mess. Unity and New Action’s Mulgrew was unequivocally supportive of New York’s Race to the Top application which took NYC’s Leadership Academy and expanded them state-wide. Mulgrew is a hypocrite collaborator with many “reform” moves that are making working conditions onerous and are alienating children from learning.

      Get your facts right and stick with the issues and groups’ records, not slanders and glib innuendos.

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        I agree 1000% with EK regarding his comments. Why, EK, are you attacking me? MORE needs to publicize what you have said.

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        I fail to see any personal attacks on Rosie here. Stop playing the victim card. Why does it seem that that’s one of MORE’s constant strategies? Crying “WAHHH!” and running to the Post isn’t going to help when it comes to dealing with city hall.

  4. 

    I knew that MORE had trouble getting peopleb to wholeheartedly believe in there cause, but to stoop so low as to align with THE POST??? WHAT’S NEXT?
    How can we trust MORE leadership when they align themselves with the teacher’s enemy? Piss them off and what’s next, the GLOBE, NATIONAL ENQUIRER? Common MORE, our educated minds want to know?

    VOTE UNITY, CHECK THE BOX!!!

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      EDWARD GREENSPAN April 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Just keep voting for Unity Caucus and see what else they bargain away. When will people wake up to the truth? Thank Randi Weingarten for giving up seniority transfers. Now, we’re back to the old days of getting into schools to teach based on who you know. Thanks to her giving up seniority bumping rights, teachers became ATR’s and are suffering. The union will sell them down the river.

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      Stuart Kaplan April 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      You may say that you never agreed to speak to the NY Post but advertising the article doesn’t make you look that great either, and it shows that you stand in support of a Newspaper that has worked very hard to destroy Our Union. Don’t forget this was a Newspaper that printed our members names and their TDR reports. I don’t believe anyone has gotten personal on this blog unless you would like to count the Members question about More Caucus’s integrity for showcasing a newspaper that has tried to divide the UFT with slander.
      Don’t forget most of what More caucus wants are concerns that the UFT has worked to solve.
      Mulgrew and Unity shut down the rubber rooms and saved the ATR’s from layoffs (most of which are back in the classroom)
      Mulgrew and Unity worked to ensure that a STATE MANDATED Evaluation was fair and would improve working conditions so that if our members are rated ineffective we would have an appeals process that would make sure our rating was fair and we were given enough support, in the long run that rating would be examined, and if that teacher was rated ineffective because a teacher was given little support (maybe because that teacher had disruptive students and the school did not work to support that teacher) then the DOE would be held responsible for not supporting the teacher. The process is much more fair then the process we have now.
      If you want true leadership you want Mulgrew he speaks at the Delegate Assembly, he answers questions from all members of the UFT and at the UFT we debate issues and vote on Resolutions. Why align and support a Newspaper that has tried to destroy what the UFT when what We are all trying to do is Strengthen It?

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        mike@gmail.com April 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

        Unity tools answer the following questions
        Why does Mulgrew refuse to debate our candidate?
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to common core?
        Why has Unity/New Action Randi agreed to Merit Pay?
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to Danielson
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to mayoral control?
        Why has Unity/New Action allowed us to go without a contract since 2009?
        Why has Unity/New Action allowed schools to close without even showing up to PEPs
        Why has Unity/New Action decided to run it’s own charter school?
        Why has Unity/New Action refused to back the living wage legislation?
        Why has Unity/New Action not mobilized rallies and numbers of rank and file to support ATU. CWA, UWUA, or CTU?

        You should all be ashamed of yourself allowing our children to be sold out, over-tested, and underfunded- while you have a seat at the table. you should be embarrassed to look in the mirror allowing ATRs to be bounced from school to school each week while class sizes have swelled.
        You should be spend your time defending untenured teachers who are denied protections without reasons and defend those great teachers who are U rated because they speak up. how do you allow whistleblowers to spend 400 days in the “non-existent” rubber rooms. You have chutzpa to spend your time on the net while your leadership that buys you free dinners and hotel rooms allows our childrens’ public education to be sold out to the highest bidder
        SHAME ON YOU

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        No evaluation can ever be fair until-disruptive pupils are removed from rooms, observing principals taught themselves, class sizes are contractually adhered to. How dare Unity ignore these items and others and were almost ready to reach a deal with the city regarding evaluations. Get Unity back in the classroom to see for themselves the conditions they helped to negotiate. I’m a retired 33 year classroom teacher

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        Hey, Stuart. When I heard UNITY people were coming to our website and attacking us, I didn’t realize it was YOU they were talking about! I would love to discuss these important issues point by point with you in front of our chapter as I requested earlier today. That would be a true way to strengthen the union: openly, at the chapter level. Instead of a rushed “Ballot Breakfast” this Monday as I heard you are proposing to others, how about an open discussion with people to give them time (we have three weeks) to make an informed decision. Wouldn’t that strengthen the union more than throwing mud at each other on the Web? That’s the kind of superficial posturing politicians make in the general elections, and, frankly, it disgusts me.

  5. 

    I believe the NY Post, as most media, look for a story like Lindsey Lohan fights Paris Hilton at a bar. Human nature loves drama. They probably jumped on the blogs, saw a story and went with it. Isn’t that possible? At no point did we agree to speak to the media about the Post article.

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      So why aren’t your vocal MORE posters upset and complaining if the Post quoted them without permission?

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        I’m more astonished that UFT under Unity allowed it, the NYP, to be delivered in bulk to NYC school buildings and brought into classrooms as an “educational tool” for *years* without complaint. ( Good issue for MORE, btw.)

        And did UFT say anything officially about Joel Klein’s mad dash thru the revolving door into Murdochville? If so, what? If not , why not?

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        Paul Hogan, have you heard of freedom of press? Really, Unity caucus is supposed to stop the Post from being delivered to schools? What’s next, you going to blame Unity for the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn?

        Btw, are you the famous actor? I loved Crocodile Dundee!

    • 

      Check your information!

      • 

        Unity tools answer the following questions
        Why does Mulgrew refuse to debate our candidate?
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to common core?
        Why has Unity/New Action Randi agreed to Merit Pay?
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to Danielson
        Why has Unity/New Action signed on to mayoral control?
        Why has Unity/New Action allowed us to go without a contract since 2009?
        Why has Unity/New Action allowed schools to close without even showing up to PEPs
        Why has Unity/New Action decided to run it’s own charter school?
        Why has Unity/New Action refused to back the living wage legislation?
        Why has Unity/New Action not mobilized rallies and numbers of rank and file to support ATU. CWA, UWUA, or CTU?

        You should all be ashamed of yourself allowing our children to be sold out, over-tested, and underfunded- while you have a seat at the table. you should be embarrassed to look in the mirror allowing ATRs to be bounced from school to school each week while class sizes have swelled.
        You should be spend your time defending untenured teachers who are denied protections without reasons and defend those great teachers who are U rated because they speak up. how do you allow whistleblowers to spend 400 days in the “non-existent” rubber rooms. You have chutzpa to spend your time on the net while your leadership that buys you free dinners and hotel rooms allows our childrens’ public education to be sold out to the highest bidder
        SHAME ON YOU

  6. 

    There should have been demonstrations when people were reduced to ATR status. For every child above contractual limit, the teacher receives an immediate bump in pay. You’d see how fast the city would fix things. 600 schools need to be brought back and we need work-study programs for older problem students. Perhaps, by working, they will come to value an education. Welfare and salary checks of parents of unsatisfactory behaved children must be reduced. You’d see how fast some of these brats would shape up. Any child rated unsatisfactory for 2 years must go to an alternative school. No child has the right to disrupt another child’s education.

  7. 

    The Post reached out to us. Unity is quoted in the article too. I guess they are tools of the Post too. Randi Weingarten wrote an oped for the Post a few years ago. Does that make her a tool of the Post? This is a non issue. Not having a debate is the real issue. Please address that.

  8. 
    jfsmallman@aol.com April 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I just checked off the MORE box with pride. We have a very small staff at our high school but I think we convinced 80% to vote MORE. Good Luck and keep up the great work. Jim Smallman

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