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”

MORE Imagines Fully Funded, Culturally Responsive Schools that Serve Kids, Not Billionaires

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced he is partnering with billionaire charter school backer and failed education reformer Bill Gates to “reimagine” schools in New York State. Meanwhile, Cuomo has included zero NYC K-12 educators, parents or students on his taskforce to reopen New York State and is proposing unnecessary, devastating budget cuts to publicContinue reading “MORE Imagines Fully Funded, Culturally Responsive Schools that Serve Kids, Not Billionaires”

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”

MORE on SchoolBook: Cut Waste at NYC DOE Before Negotiating Teachers Contract

MORE Member Harry Lirtzman, former high school special education math teacher and former deputy state comptroller, speaks out about the bloated and wasteful DOE budget on Schoolbook.org, in a followup to his piece for MORE on the UFT contract negotiations. Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/opinion-cut-waste-coming-table-over-teachers-contract/

The City Budget and Labor Contract Negotiations

by Harris Lirtzman, former deputy New York State comptroller from 2003 to 2007 and also a New York City special education teacher who was fired for blowing the whistle in 2011. Few people attempt to explore the intricacies of the City’s budget and the operations of the Department of Education.  Fewer people return to tell the story.Continue reading “The City Budget and Labor Contract Negotiations”