Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice

The UFT needs to negotiate a remote start to the school year now (or two months ago) Over the past week, members at dozens of schools with positive COVID-19 cases have been in confusion around the protocols for closing schools and having members work remotely. This is eerily reminiscent of the city’s failure to listenContinue reading “Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice”

The UFT should be leading the fight to stop an unsafe reopening of schools

What will it take to stop an unsafe reopening? Members of the United Federation of Teachers have the power to prevent an unsafe reopening. We showed that earlier this year. As the pandemic swept New York in March 2020 thousands of city teachers ignored UFT leaders’ warnings and began to call in sick and studentContinue reading “The UFT should be leading the fight to stop an unsafe reopening of schools”

Parents and Teachers Agree: It Is Too Soon To Go Back into School Buildings

By: B. Kaiser, Tajh Sutton, Liat Olenick, Kaliris Salas, Medi Ford Imagine you are a student attending a public school in September 2020. You’re excited to see your friends, and as soon as you get to school you run up to say hi, but the dean tells you you have to stay 6 feet away.Continue reading “Parents and Teachers Agree: It Is Too Soon To Go Back into School Buildings”

MORE-UFT REJECTS MULGREW & CARRANZA ANNOUNCEMENT OF HYBRID LEARNING IN SEPTEMBER WITHOUT CLEAR PROVISIONS FOR HEALTH OF STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF

Last week, Chancellor Carranza and UFT President Michael Mulgrew laid out the beginnings of a “plan” for school reopening in September. The “hybrid model” proposed for learning remains short on details, but long on unreasonable expectations for teachers and principals that will only worsen the inequality in our schools during a global pandemic. Public healthContinue reading “MORE-UFT REJECTS MULGREW & CARRANZA ANNOUNCEMENT OF HYBRID LEARNING IN SEPTEMBER WITHOUT CLEAR PROVISIONS FOR HEALTH OF STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF”

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”

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”

Give Credit for Cancelled Regents Exams!

**UPDATE**: The Regents Exams have been cancelled! Thank you to those who have demanded justice on this issue. However, the fight continues. We need to make sure that all current students are not penalized for the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Exam. Such graduation requirements should be waived for all students currently enrolled inContinue reading “Give Credit for Cancelled Regents Exams!”

Candidate Statement: Aixa Rodriguez, MORE nominee for Vice President for Education-At-Large

My name is Aixa Rodriguez. I am an ESL teacher and I am running on the MORE-UFT slate for Vice President for Education-At-Large. I’m running in the 2019 UFT elections because MORE has the values and the work ethic that most closely match mine. When I heard who was running on the MORE-UFT slate, IContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Aixa Rodriguez, MORE nominee for Vice President for Education-At-Large”

Candidate Statement: Dermott Myrie, MORE nominee for UFT President

There is a disconnect between UFT leadership and rank and file membership. As a result, there is a void and that void has to be filled at a time when unions and labor movements are being attacked and destroyed by unfriendly forces: right wingers, ed deformers, and many of the 1% who have accumulated mostContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Dermott Myrie, MORE nominee for UFT President”

The Schools New York City Students and Educators Deserve: Vote for MORE in the UFT elections

    PRINTABLE PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rTIKQeq2LLMzd2UUc0b3pjNHVNUVh1ZUVrWjc1Y05BTEsw/view?usp=sharing   As New York City gives away billions to Amazon and sits on billions in budget surplus we still have an underfunded and segregated school system, and raises in the recent contract fell behind the pace of inflation.   UFT Members and NYC students deserve better. Join MORE in ourContinue reading “The Schools New York City Students and Educators Deserve: Vote for MORE in the UFT elections”