The Disturbing Action Alert from Michael Mulgrew

by Jia Lee, Chapter Leader, The Earth School MORE/New Action 2016 Candidate for President of the UFT Here is the disturbing email that all UFT members received on Tuesday, December 1, a day before the Federal HELP Senate Committee was to vote on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called EveryContinue reading “The Disturbing Action Alert from Michael Mulgrew”

Jia Lee’s Senate Testimony on Testing

Jia Lee, who is a special education teacher at the Earth School in Manhattan, testified at a senate hearing on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on January 21st. As an act of conscience, Jia joined two other teachers last year in refusing to administer high-stakes standardized tests, citing their negative impacts on students. She isContinue reading “Jia Lee’s Senate Testimony on Testing”

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.

The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan

Michael Fiorillo is a teacher, MORE member and former Chapter Leader at Newcomers High School in Queens The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan Proclaim austerity for the public schools, while continuing to expand charters  Create incentives for non-educators to be in positions of power, from Assistant Principal on up Maintain a climate of scapegoating and witchContinue reading “The Corporate Reformer’s Game Plan”

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 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)”

Take a Chapter Vote to Endorse the Moratorium!

One exciting and quick way to support MORE’s work is by asking your school’s UFT chapter to vote on endorsing our petition for a moratorium on the new “Advance” teacher evaluation system. We’re all fed up with “Advance,” and all the teachers I’ve talked to wish the UFT was doing more to oppose this system andContinue reading “Take a Chapter Vote to Endorse the Moratorium!”

MORE on the UFT’s New Position on State Tests + DA/Rally Report

[MORE’s statement on the UFT leadership’s change of position on testing is followed by James Eterno’s full report on the Delegate Assembly] Yesterday the Unity and New Action caucuses put forth a resolution that was passed at the Delegate Assembly calling for a moratorium on high stakes decisions for the state tests this year. WhileContinue reading “MORE on the UFT’s New Position on State Tests + DA/Rally Report”

Why We Must Win Back Public Education

By Mike Schirtzer Teacher/UFT Delegate Leon M. Goldstein High School- Brooklyn 2013 MORE Vice Presidential Candidate for UFT   On October 9th at 4:00 p.m., activists from all over the city will gather at UFT headquarters (52 Broadway NYC) to protest the emphasis on high stakes testing that is harming our children, educators, and publicContinue reading “Why We Must Win Back Public Education”