Did you know that although more than 67.5% of our NYC students are Black and Latino/a, only 37% of teachers share their background? Did you know that since 2002 that number (based on new hires) has fallen by over half (57.4%), while the number of white teachers hired in the city has increased by 23%?
It’s true. BUT, our educational leaders have a clear path towards remedying this problem, and we’re helping the Teacher Diversity Committee of NYC push for those changes with the Petition to Increase Teacher Diversity in New York City. The clock is ticking though- you have just 10 more days to get involved, and we need everyone!
On Tuesday, November 25, we will go to the PEP (Panel for Educational Policy) meeting to support the Teacher Diversity Committee as they present the Petition to Increase Teacher Diversity in New York City!
Now, join us in the push to get as many signatures as possible before then. If you’ve been gathering signatures since August from your co-workers and community members, thank you! It’s time to finish up and turn in your petitions.
We’ve already gathered several hundred signatures, but if we want Chancellor Fariña and the PEP to prioritize this important work, we still need your help! If you haven’t already begun, sign on, and share the petition online. Then print a hard copy and collect signatures around your school/community so that you can have conversations about this important work.
Finally, bring hard copies of the petition to the UFT Delegate Assembly on Tuesday, November 18th, and join us in formally asking our union to sign on in support of a more diverse teaching corps. If you can’t make it to the meeting, mail your completed petitions ASAP to: Teacher Diversity Committee of NYC, c/o Ahern, P.O. Box 1025, New York, NY 10002.
If you’re sharing the petition online here are some sample Tweets or messages that you can use:
- NYC students deserve to have more teachers who share their heritage! Sign on here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406 #NYCTeacherDiversity #Solidarity #Antiracism
- NYC needs more Black & Latino Teachers! Sign 2 demand change from Fariña & PEP! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406 #NYCTeacherDiversity #Solidarity #Antiracism
- Hey (person), have you seen the Petition to Increase #NYCTeacherDiversity in NYC? http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406