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”