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.

MORE Stands Against Common Core, with Parents and Teachers Boycotting the Tests

Tomorrow, April 1st, students across NY State will take the second year of Common Core aligned tests.  Last year’s test administration was a disaster, but continue rollout this year of the standards revealed what a deeply flawed project they are. The resistance, however, is growing: parents are opting their children out of the tests in large numbers, andContinue reading “MORE Stands Against Common Core, with Parents and Teachers Boycotting the Tests”

MORE Challenges Unity In NYSUT Elections

MORE CAUCUS OF UFT TO CHALLENGE CURRENT UFT LEADERSHIP IN STATEWIDE UNION ELECTIONS RANK AND FILE EDUCATORS WILL BRING REAL CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE TO UNION POSITIONS New York – The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE), the Social Justice Caucus of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), best known for opposing UFT’s President Michael MulgrewContinue reading “MORE Challenges Unity In NYSUT Elections”

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”

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!”

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”

Why I think the UFT should REALLY fight “Advance” (Part 2): Speaking Up at the Delegate Assembly

by Megan Moskop Teacher/UFT Delegate M.S. 324- Patria Mirabal Note: I am an active UFT and MORE member because I believe that our union can be a powerful voice for the teaching profession, the quality of our education system, and ultimately the quality of our society.  Though I am critical of our current UFT leadership,Continue reading “Why I think the UFT should REALLY fight “Advance” (Part 2): Speaking Up at the Delegate Assembly”

Why I Think the UFT Should REALLY Fight “Advance” (Part 1)

by Megan Moskop Teacher/UFT Delegate M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal, Washington Heights On Wednesday, November 20th, the MORE caucus brought our Resolution for an End to the New Evaluation System (Advance) to the UFT’s Delegate Assembly. I came to the meeting prepared to present our resolution and ask that it be placed on the agenda forContinue reading “Why I Think the UFT Should REALLY Fight “Advance” (Part 1)”

MORE Fall Events

Stand up to school closings- join us at “The Funeral” to bury the Bloomberg years and his failed educational policies! Facebook event here 10/30 5:30pm 883 Classon Ave Brooklyn Don’t Tread on Educators- hosted by Francesco Portelos How to fight for your rights as an educator ! There will be no sign in sheet and youContinue reading “MORE Fall Events”