Unity Doesn’t Want to Hear from You

An incredible letter is making its rounds. It was an email written by a District Representative of the United Federation of Teachers to the Chapter Leaders in his district. Here is the email in full, as posted on the ICE-UFT blog: Subject: My Apologies To: Date: Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:09 PM I must apologize for today.Continue reading “Unity Doesn’t Want to Hear from You”

No Deal for Teachers or Students

Here’s the text of the video that the Unity Caucus of the UFT is airing on local television stations about the new teacher evaluation system: Across the country — from Los Angeles to Newark to Washington — many districts have successfully negotiated new evaluation measures. There is simply no reason New York cannot do theContinue reading “No Deal for Teachers or Students”

Was the SESIS Decision a Victory?

MORE congratulates the UFT for the financial compensation they’ve earned our Special Education colleagues across the city. The SESIS case is another example of UFT leadership pursuing the same bureaucratic, top-down strategy it always pursues. Sometimes that strategy yields small victories. Nonetheless, because of this strategy the UFT is losing the war on several fronts. 

MORE on Governor Cuomo’s Education Commission Report

The Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) is pleased that Governor Cuomo’s Education Commission recommended increasing wrap-around services and expanding pre-kindergarten programming.  Educators and parents know that supporting children and families, making sure they have access to health care and other services, as well as providing robust early interventions will increase educational opportunity and outcomes for allContinue reading “MORE on Governor Cuomo’s Education Commission Report”

Notes From the MORE Winter Retreat

MORE Winter Retreat December 28, 2012 Attendance ~ 50 throughout the day I. Social Justice Unionism   Discussion was wide ranging, starting out with a basic question of how to deal with a wide range of political beliefs amongst our coworkers on social justice issues. There was consensus on the importance of relating to the immediateContinue reading “Notes From the MORE Winter Retreat”

Building MORE, Training Leaders

Let’s make it happen…TOGETHER MORE (Movement of Rank and File Educators) invites you to a day long retreat on the nuts and bolts of creating a strong social justice union by mobilizing our chapters. Work with MORE on creating a democratic, bottom up organization that reflects our vision for a member driven UFT. Participate inContinue reading “Building MORE, Training Leaders”

Join MORE to Oppose Charter School Co-locations!

On Thursday, December 20, the mayor’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), which acts as a rubber stamp for Bloomberg’s policies, will meet to make decisions about charter school co-locations. The PEP will be deciding on whether to impose co-locations on 17 public schools. Affected districts include: Bronx: District 8, Brooklyn: Districts 13, 14, 17, 18,Continue reading “Join MORE to Oppose Charter School Co-locations!”

Unity Votes Against Democracy

Much of the 12/12/12 Delegate Assembly was dedicated to teacher evaluations. This isn’t surprising, as the Unity crew knew that MORE caucus was showing up with petitions and a resolution in hand. For the better part of an hour, delegates were told how UFT President Michael Mulgrew is fighting this evaluation battle for us andContinue reading “Unity Votes Against Democracy”

Opposition to Teacher Evaluation Agreement Mounts–Share Your Voice!

Facing an arbitrary 12/21/12 deadline imposed by Chancellor Walcott, a growing wave of bloggers have begun speaking out against any teacher evaluation scheme that harms teachers and ignores our voices in coming to an agreement. There is increasing concern that Unity will succumb to pressure and agree to a system without coming to terms onContinue reading “Opposition to Teacher Evaluation Agreement Mounts–Share Your Voice!”