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Did you know that although more than 67.5% of our NYC students are Black and Latino/a, only 37% of teachers share their background? Did you know that since 2002 that number (based on new hires) has fallen by over half (57.4%), while the number of white teachers hired in the city has increased by 23%?
It’s true. BUT, our educational leaders have a clear path towards remedying this problem, and we’re helping the Teacher Diversity Committee of NYC push for those changes with the Petition to Increase Teacher Diversity in New York City. The clock is ticking though- you have just 10 more days to get involved, and we need everyone!
On Tuesday, November 25, we will go to the PEP (Panel for Educational Policy) meeting to support the Teacher Diversity Committee as they present the Petition to Increase Teacher Diversity in New York City!
Now, join us in the push to get as many signatures as possible before then. If you’ve been gathering signatures since August from your co-workers and community members, thank you! It’s time to finish up and turn in your petitions.
We’ve already gathered several hundred signatures, but if we want Chancellor Fariña and the PEP to prioritize this important work, we still need your help! If you haven’t already begun, sign on, and share the petition online. Then print a hard copy and collect signatures around your school/community so that you can have conversations about this important work.
Finally, bring hard copies of the petition to the UFT Delegate Assembly on Tuesday, November 18th, and join us in formally asking our union to sign on in support of a more diverse teaching corps. If you can’t make it to the meeting, mail your completed petitions ASAP to: Teacher Diversity Committee of NYC, c/o Ahern, P.O. Box 1025, New York, NY 10002.
If you’re sharing the petition online here are some sample Tweets or messages that you can use:
- NYC students deserve to have more teachers who share their heritage! Sign on here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406 #NYCTeacherDiversity #Solidarity #Antiracism
- NYC needs more Black & Latino Teachers! Sign 2 demand change from Fariña & PEP! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406 #NYCTeacherDiversity #Solidarity #Antiracism
- Hey (person), have you seen the Petition to Increase #NYCTeacherDiversity in NYC? http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/increase-teacher-diversity?source=c.tw&r_by=1921406
This is MORE’s statement on the march with the Eric Garner’s family sponsored by the UFT
Last week the UFT announced sponsorship and support for A March for Unity and Justice. The march, with Eric Garner’s family at the helm, is billed as a coming together and a call for transparency and accountability in the wake of several prominent cases of alleged police brutality. A firestorm of criticism of the UFT’s sponsorship of this march has played out on the pages of newspapers, social media, and countless emails between educators, politicians, and community leaders.
This is a personal statement by a member of MORE. It may or may not represent the official view of the MORE caucus.
By Julie Cavanagh
Teacher/Chapter Leader P.S.15k
One year ago I received a phone call from a former student. After a few exchanged pleasantries he interrupted me to say, “Deion is dead”. My heart sank, a lump formed in my throat, and I listened to what is an increasingly all too familiar story of a young black man dying during a low-level police interaction.
In a school system that is 67.5% Black and Latino (as of 2012 – 13), the 34% combined percentage of Black and Latino teachers in the system is disappointing at best.
This lack of diversity reinforces already existing practices of segregation and leaves out diverse cultural perspectives that inform curriculum, pedagogy and practice. It also shortchanges our students by replicating and reinforcing false societal structures that devalue the contribution and perspectives of non-dominant racial and cultural groups.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2014
Jia Lee, Elementary School teacher and Public School parent
Mike Schirtzer, Social Studies High School teacher
Teachers, Parents and Students Stand Strong for Tenure
Due Process Protects Teachers who Protect their Students
Tenure gives teachers the right to stand up for their students’ best interests, even in the face of poor leadership or poor policy. It accords those who spend the most time with students the respect and responsibility of making best decisions on their students’ behalf. Thus, recent attacks on tenure have nothing to do with improving teaching and learning. They are designed to undermine teacher’s unions and silence educators’ voices.
By Mike Schirtzer
Teacher and UFT Delegate: Leon M. Goldstein High School
Like most classroom teachers, I didn’t attend last weekend’s AFT convention. In fact, few working teachers knew it was going on, or had reason to care. Our delegates represented none of what we believe in and nothing that happened there will make any difference in our classroom. There was no call for Arne Duncan’s resignation, no resolution for a repeal of the Common Core Standards, and no new strategies for increasing union mobilization or supporting our students. Actually nothing of consequence was achieved. Members will go back to their respective locals and continue the same methods: Chicago Teachers Unions (CTU) will the lead the fight against so called reform that hurts our children and profession, while the AFT/UFT leadership will go back to a style of unionism that ensures that none of my friends become any more engaged in union activities. Continue Reading…