Register for MORE’s State of our Union/State of our Schools Conference!

State of our Union

State of our Schools

How can the UFT become a force for change in our schools?

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Download the flyer to distribute here

Saturday, Oct. 24

10 am – 6pm

at PS58 The Carroll School – 330 Smith St, Brooklyn – F/G to Carroll St.

Everyone Welcome Suggested Donation $10

Childcare available (email to reserve a spot)

Featured Speakers:

Liza Campbell, Seattle teacher with an participant’s report on recent strike

Jia Lee, Chapter Leader of the Earth School, high stakes testing conscientious objector

Lauren Cohen, Chapter Leader at PS321K

Leonie Haimison, Class Size Matters

Ismael Jimenez, WE Caucus, Philadelphia Teachers Union

Joe Burns, Author of Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to

Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

Alan Singer, Hofstra University, Social Studies Educator

Charmaine Dixon, Parent, Change the Stakes

Benita Rivera, The Many

Akinlabi McCall, Coalition for Public Education

Endorsing Organizations:

NYCORE, Change the Stakes, NYCOPTOUT, The Teacher Diversity Committee of New York, Coalition for Public Education, NYS Stronger Together Caucus, Bad Ass Teachers Association

Our schools are under assault by corporate reform efforts, standardized testing, and a governor who is eager to fire teachers and close schools. As working and learning conditions deteriorate, our union leadership has neither put up an effective resistance nor been a force for change for better schools.

The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) invites all UFT members, parents, students, and friends to help develop a strategy to create a more democratic and more proactive UFT that can be a force for change in education in New York City.

Let’s use this year’s upcoming union elections to transform the UFT by bringing together our voices, finding common ground, and increasing our participation from the chapter level up.

Unlike the UFT leadership, MORE is asking your input for shaping our union’s program! The workshops at this conference will help define the language of our election platform.


  • Bringing Democracy to the UFT: Why Our Union Is So Undemocratic, and Why it Matters

  • High Stakes Testing: How to Build an Opt-out Campaign in Your School

  • Planning a UFT Election Campaign within your School Chapter

  • Class Size Matters: The history of UFT and the battle for smaller classes

  • The Contract NYC Teachers and Students Deserve

  • Making Black Lives Matter in School: Racism and Racial Justice in Education

  • How Can you Activate your UFT Chapter, Enforce the Contract and Defeat Bully Principals?

  • Special Educators and Paperwork: Beyond SESIS

  • Welcome to the Matrix: How does the new teacher evaluation system work and what can we do about it?

  • Stopping and Reversing the Disappearing of Black and Latino educators.

  • Children, Poverty and Trauma: Impact on Teaching and Learning

  • Mapping Homelessness: The Impact on School Communities

  • Job Security and Tenure: How Do We Defend Untenured Colleagues?

  • The Ongoing Struggle for School Integration

  • What’s Behind the Attack on Veteran Teachers?

  • The Battle for Culturally Relevant & Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, and the Fight Against the Common Core

  • Why Should We Oppose Mayoral Control?


Registration opens

9:00 AM

Opening Session

10:00 AM-10:45 AM

Workshops Slot I

11:00 AM-12:30 PM


12:30 PM -1:30 PM

Workshops Slot II

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Workshops Slot III

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Final Plenary

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Evening Entertainment

7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM

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