The UFT must follow Chicago in demanding defunding and cutting ties with the cops

Educators across New York City struggled on Monday to help their students grapple with the reality of police violence against black and brown communities and the trauma and anger that has been exposed in recent days. These issues do not exist just outside our schools. They are a reproduced in school buildings where school safetyContinue reading “The UFT must follow Chicago in demanding defunding and cutting ties with the cops”

NO EXCESSING FOR 2020-21

NO EXCESSING FOR 2020-21 With the Mayor and Governor proposing steep budget cuts to schools for 2021, MORE calls on the DOE to do everything possible to focus cuts to central offices, not cut funding for schools that will lead to staff layoffs or excessing. While we continue to demand new statewide taxes on theContinue reading “NO EXCESSING FOR 2020-21”

We Need Transparency, Democracy and Accountability (TDA) Protections in the UFT

          More Questions than Answers: We need Transparency, Democracy and Accountability (TDA) protections in the UFT  UFT rank and filers are now faced with an impasse with leadership about their TDA (Transparency, Democracy and Accountability) during the current COVID 19 pandemic. Rank and filers reported to numerous Chapter Leaders that they need protections via aContinue reading “We Need Transparency, Democracy and Accountability (TDA) Protections in the UFT”

MORE Imagines Fully Funded, Culturally Responsive Schools that Serve Kids, Not Billionaires

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced he is partnering with billionaire charter school backer and failed education reformer Bill Gates to “reimagine” schools in New York State. Meanwhile, Cuomo has included zero NYC K-12 educators, parents or students on his taskforce to reopen New York State and is proposing unnecessary, devastating budget cuts to publicContinue reading “MORE Imagines Fully Funded, Culturally Responsive Schools that Serve Kids, Not Billionaires”

Let’s Be Honest: The Digital Divide for NYC Students Remains Wide and Deep. What Needs to Change?

On April 15th, NYCDOE Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza spoke alongside high level administrators and heavy weights from the education technology (edtech) industry about the move to Remote Learning during this COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar hosted by Tech & Learning was billed like so: “Hear how the NYC DOE launched a remote learning program in theContinue reading “Let’s Be Honest: The Digital Divide for NYC Students Remains Wide and Deep. What Needs to Change?”

Organizing against school budget cuts: Experiences from 2011-2013

Organizing against school budget cuts: Experiences from my school, 2011-2013 By Kit Wainer Retiree, former UFT chapter leader, Leon M. Goldstein High School I was the UFT chapter leader at Leon M. Goldstein High School for 21 years. During most of those years my school faced severe budget crises. Although trying to get the UFTContinue reading “Organizing against school budget cuts: Experiences from 2011-2013”

DOE New Grading Policy Does Not Remedy Inequity in Remote Learning

The MORE caucus believes that it is inequitable to cumulatively grade academic work for the remainder of this academic year for student’s permanent records. Given the losses and traumas that the coronavirus pandemic has created and exacerbated, especially for our public schools students who are majority low-income and students of color, as well as theContinue reading “DOE New Grading Policy Does Not Remedy Inequity in Remote Learning”

The Panel for Education Policy should be empowered to axe charter school renewals

COVID19 changed many things in education except the continued renewal of charter schools’ licenses.  Things need to change. The time to do it is now. We call upon the  Chancellor, NYS Board of Regents and the State University of New York immediately  to deny  charter schools’ renewals  based on recommendations entailed. We also ask thatContinue reading “The Panel for Education Policy should be empowered to axe charter school renewals”