An Open Letter to NY Parents and Educators

To the Public School Families and Educators of New York- I would like to thank the many of you who have gone way out of their way to stand up for our schools, for their children’s educators, and for public education in New York. Governor Cuomo’s attacks have galvanized parents , students, and educators acrossContinue reading “An Open Letter to NY Parents and Educators”

OPEN LETTER TO CHANCELLOR TISCH

Dear Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents: We are a group of education leaders from across the state that have shared concerns with the direction of education policy in this state and how it ultimately affects our students. On December 18th, 2014, the Governor’s office submitted an open letter toContinue reading “OPEN LETTER TO CHANCELLOR TISCH”

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”

Take Back OUR Schools NYC Metro March & Rally Video

Watch the video for a sneak peek of the rally and march in front of NYC City Hall to defend public education from destructive, profit-driven corporate “reform”. Endorsed by 30+ parent, teacher, and student groups, including MORE. Featuring some great speakers, including a message from Diane Ravitch!

Taking Back OUR Schools March and Rally

Calling all NYC Metro community activists (“voices of resistance”), families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, and faith leaders… This rally and march is part of the national Testing Resistance & Reform Spring campaign. We aim to support the efforts of parents, teachers and community members to haveContinue reading “Taking Back OUR Schools March and Rally”