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”

A Moratorium on All Terminations of NYC’s Probationary Educators

A Moratorium on All Terminations of New York’s Probationary Educators:  Protect Untenured UFT Members During and After COVID-19 **Sign the petition today!** A failure of UFT leadership in recent years has been a lack of protection of probationary educators.  In general, and especially during the COVID-19 crisis, these workers are the most vulnerable in ourContinue reading “A Moratorium on All Terminations of NYC’s Probationary Educators”

UFT MEMBERS NEED A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR REMOTE LEARNING

Through this COVID-19 pandemic, UFT leadership has not stepped up to protect the working conditions of its teachers. The inaction of those in power is a common thread tying together all working people dealing with this crisis. Like our government leaders, UFT leadership has not properly advocated for teachers and families during these unprecedented times,Continue reading “UFT MEMBERS NEED A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR REMOTE LEARNING”

Estamos sufriendo un trauma colectivo que nos cambiará para siempre, al igual que a nuestro estudiantes y familias.

Esta carta abierta ha sido firmada por MORE, AQE, CEJ, CEC4, CEC5, CEC6, CEC 14, Rank & File Action/PSC, OFENY, NYCOptOut, P.S. 364M Earth School, P.S. 194K Raoul Wallenberg, IntegrateNYC, and Teens Take Charge. ¿Es parte de una organización que desea firmar? Por favor complete el formulario aquí. [For English, click here] Estimado Canciller Carranza,Continue reading “Estamos sufriendo un trauma colectivo que nos cambiará para siempre, al igual que a nuestro estudiantes y familias.”

We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.

[UPDATE: Want to file a group CAR grievance at your school? See our toolkit here.] We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days. On Sunday March 15, Mayor De Blasio, facing declining student and teacher attendance over the previous week, as well as calls for a mass sickout among educators forContinue reading “We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.”