Candidate Statement: Leia Petty, MORE nominee for Assistant Secretary of the UFT

I have been a guidance counselor for ten years. I have always believed in the power and promise of public education, a promise gone unfulfilled for so many. Every student has a right to education but the type of education received depends on whether teachers, students and parents have ownership over their schools. I becameContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Leia Petty, MORE nominee for Assistant Secretary of the UFT”

NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights

The new UFT-DOE contract makes no change in the 50-year wait for lower class sizes, a fair grievance procedure, and a rational job security process, among other issues. Newer teachers will still have to endure 4 or more years of harassment and hundreds of pages of tenure application paperwork, the DOE and administrators will stillContinue reading “NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights”

Class Size is a Class Issue: school inequality, class size, and the next UFT contract

by Andrew Worthington, UFT Chapter Leader at M298 Pace High School   It has been 50 years since the United Federation of Teachers, representing New York City’s teachers, has had a contract that included reduced class sizes. Since then, there has been a plethora of research conducted that shows the positive impacts of class sizeContinue reading “Class Size is a Class Issue: school inequality, class size, and the next UFT contract”

DOES MICHAEL MULGREW BELIEVE THAT OUR TEACHERS’ WORKING CONDITIONS ARE OUR STUDENTS’ LEARNING CONDITIONS?

Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions. This has been MORE’s stance since our inception. We understand that there is a relationship between the erosion of our rights as workers and the erosion of quality education in our city over the past 10 years. A few days ago, on the UFT website, Michael Mulgrew usedContinue reading “DOES MICHAEL MULGREW BELIEVE THAT OUR TEACHERS’ WORKING CONDITIONS ARE OUR STUDENTS’ LEARNING CONDITIONS?”