Life Under The New UFT Contract

Our 2nd event of the 2014 Summer Series on Wednesday 7/30 features a discussion on the new contract. More information below and here. A preview of the contract and our discussion by John Elfrank-Dana, Chapter Leader of Murray Bergtraum High School:   After alerting the UFT that my principal failed to invite me to thisContinue reading “Life Under The New UFT Contract”

Teachers Boycott Test

Teachers and Staff at International High School at

Prospect Heights Refuse To Administer the NYC ELA Performance Assessment Test

New York – On Thursday, May 1, 2014, most of the teachers at International High School at Prospect Heights gathered on the steps of their school to announce that they will not give the NYC English Language Arts Performance Assessment Exam. More than 50% of parents have opted their students out of taking the test, and 30 teachers and staff refused to administer the exam citing professional and ethical concerns. Approximately 95% of the students at IHSPH are English Language Learners. Thirty-five percent of students are classified as Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE), meaning they have missed more than one year of school.

The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan

Michael Fiorillo is a teacher, MORE member and former Chapter Leader at Newcomers High School in Queens The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan Proclaim austerity for the public schools, while continuing to expand charters  Create incentives for non-educators to be in positions of power, from Assistant Principal on up Maintain a climate of scapegoating and witchContinue reading “The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan”

The MORE FOUR: Our Democratically Determined Contract Demands

-This list of the main improvements we would like to see in the 2014 NYC teachers’ contract was developed based on democratic discussion and a vote at the 1/18/2014 meeting of the Movement of Rank and File Educators. Join us to continue the discussion! 1. Improved Learning and Working Conditions: Our schools should have lower class sizes,Continue reading “The MORE FOUR: Our Democratically Determined Contract Demands”

THIS Is Our Moment!

Dan Lupkin Special Education Teacher/UFT Delegate PS 58, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn MORE is the bellwether, the authentic voice of working educators in NYC. This is Our Moment! We are on the right side of history, several steps ahead, waiting for politicians and union leadership to catch up. Current events bear this out; after the excessesContinue reading “THIS Is Our Moment!”

The Contract NYC Educators Deserve

This is our list of demands that the UFT ought to be mobilizing the rank and file to fight for: Please find the flier for distribution here and an explanation of the process for ratifying a new contract here Improve Our Students’ Learning Conditions: Funding must be made available for Creative Arts (Music, Art, Drama,Continue reading “The Contract NYC Educators Deserve”

AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart

by Jia Lee for MORE UFT Chapter Leader of The Earth school Recently, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, surprised many a disillusioned public school teacher with her new mantra: “Vam is a Sham”. This is a major shift from her previous agreement and collaboration with Race to the Top policy enforcers.Continue reading “AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart”