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”
It’s emerging that the “remote classroom” will be much more intensely and less transparently scrutinized by supervisors, administrators and even higher management, than the brick and mortar classroom.
I’m a special education teacher at a Brooklyn high school, so I spend lots of time in meetings: meetings with co-teachers, meetings with parents, IEP meetings, meetings with paraprofessionals and speech therapists, department meetings, meetings with guidance counselors and social workers. I spend my lunch periods meeting with 12th graders to help them with theirContinue reading “Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!”
Each of the proposed contract changes sells out new teachers. First, and most obviously, the new two-tired healthcare system. Obviously, any two-tired system flies in the face of solidarity. It began with the pension, is now leaking into healthcare, what’s next? Differing salary schedules based on start date? It’s deplorable that we could do theContinue reading “Why I’m Voting No- from a Young, Untenured Teacher”
Parents across the state demand that the Board of Regents act immediately to remove Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. It is time the Board of Regents exercises control over the State Education Department to stop the runaway train of anti-public school “reform” that the commissioner represents. Last week’s 3rd-8th grade ELA testing was an epic–and avoidable–fail forContinue reading “Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents Continue to Fail New York’s Children; Parents Demand the Immediate Removal of Commissioner Elia”
Dear NYC Opt Out allies, We signed petitions. Wrote letters. Got on the bus to Albany. All to no avail. Boycott/refusal/opt out—however you phrase it—remains the ONLY tactic that we have to force change so that ALL our children have the enriching, citizen-building public education they deserve. The 2018 NYS ELA test is less than 4Continue reading “Urgent Help Needed for This Year’s Opt Out Campaign”
During the week of February 5th-9th, in schools across the country, educators are taking part in a National Black Lives Matter Week of Action. The week of action has three central demands: 1) to end zero tolerance discipline policies and implement restorative justice, 2) to hire more Black teachers, and 3) to mandate Black historyContinue reading “We Want a Union That Believes Black Lives Matter”
The Movement of Rank and File Educators is proud to welcome fellow educators from Oaxaca, Mexico to New York City. The Oaxacan teachers union has been at the center of a broad-based movement for educational and social justice in Mexico. Last year Oaxaca was the center of violent clashes and police repression as teachers mobilizedContinue reading “Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers”