Resolution to Support JHS 145

March 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

This is the original resolution presented  by MORE/New Action to UFT Executive Board at the 3/20 meeting on behalf of the school.

The amended version that passed is below it:

Whereas Junior High School 145 is a school serving a low-income, immigrant community in the Bronx with 20% of the students living in homeless shelters or temporary housing; 21% have learning disabilities, 18% have gone extended periods of their lives without any education at all and over 40% English Language Learners, but has only one full-time ELL teacher,

Whereas JHS 145 was designated a renewal school by NYC DOE two and a half years ago, but has yet to receive all the services its students were promised under that program,

Whereas JHS 145 has been forced to give up their classrooms, computer labs and other resources to a Success Academy charter school,

Whereas Success Academy charter school has already advertised additional seats for the 2017/18 school year in JHS 145,

Whereas there has been no stability in school leadership, with three principals in recent years, including one that plead guilty to attempted grand larceny and paid $21,080.83 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.

Be it resolved that UFT take a public stance against the closing of JHS 145 by organizing and mobilizing with the chapter, parents, and community for a march and rally at DOE headquarters to pressure Chancellor Farina into halting the closure.

Be it further resolved that the UFT will adjourn the March 22nd Delegate Assembly at 5:30pm and encourage all delegates to attend the Panel For Education Policy in order to voice our opposition to the closing of JHS 145.

UFT Staff Director and leader of Unity caucus Leroy Barr spoke in favor of the resolution, but amended the two resolveds. The version that passed includes all the “whereas”, but only has one resolves:

Be it resolved that the UFT will continue to take a public stance against the closing of JHS 145.

Barr assured MORE/NA that he will urge delegates at the DA to attend the PEP during his report and there will be UFT officers at the PEP.

Full report of the Executive Board here by Arthur Goldstein

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