MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly: Dissent in the DA

MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly Last night’s Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers interrupted politics as usual in NYC. Rank and file delegates voted down UFT leaders recommendations for candidates for City Comptroller, Manhattan District Attorney, Brooklyn borough president, and 2 other offices, in a rare rebuke to UFTContinue reading “MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly: Dissent in the DA”

School Reopening is the New Reality. How Should We Relate to It?

School Reopening is the New Reality. How Should We Relate to It? By Ella Mahony and Mike Stivers The following is the position of individual MORE members, and is not the position of the MORE caucus as a whole. In the past few weeks, New York City mayor Bill De Blasio made a series ofContinue reading “School Reopening is the New Reality. How Should We Relate to It?”

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”