Archive for January, 2011

Protest School Closings!

Once again Bloomberg’s hand-picked Panel for Education Policy is voting to close many schools, threatening to disrupt education for thousands of students and swell the ATR pool…

Once again the community and the UFT are fighting back…

Demonstrate your opposition!  Demonstrate your outrage!

Demonstrate at the PEP meeting, February 1, Tuesday, at Brooklyn Tech (take any train to Atlantic or Pacific Street). Demonstration starts at 4PM. Meeting begins at 6. Anyone can speak, but you must sign up before the meeting.  Here’s the flyer.

Demonstrate January 27, Thursday, the plaza between Tweed, City Hall, and the Brooklyn Bridge. 4:30. (Sponsored by an Ad Hoc Cttee, GEM, NYCORE, et al).

Sign the petition…STOP EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT…  Everyone in your school should sign… and your Chapter Leader should turn them in (soon please!) to the District Rep. It’s the easiest thing to do, and everyone should.  Here’s the petition you can print out and have your colleagues sign. And here’s an on-line version, but the collective printed one is a better option.

New Action Priorities – Spring 2011


• We must organize a citywide fight to prevent these 50+ closings. This should be done at the same time each school mobilizes with the school community to beat back their own closings.
• We must guarantee that every school is informed and mobilized to join this fight. Each school must know that their school is next on the butcher block. Petitions must be circulated. The rank and file must be urged to attend PEP meetings and citywide rallies such as February 1.
• Chancellor Black should be trailed at all her public appearances and made aware that school closings are not an option. Our schools must be fixed not decimated to allow charters to open.
• Let’s end the reign of abusive administrators. Experience shows that ONLY collaborative relationships make for a healthy work environment that benefits staff and students.
• Too many Leadership Academy principals were hired by Bloomberg/Klein to get rid of veteran teachers, U-rate teachers, deny tenure and ignore the contract. In addition to targeting the worst abusers we need to modify the behavior of all abusive and troublesome administrators.
• The City has put aside money to settle all contracts with public employees, including the UFT. The economic crisis has no bearing on the settlement of our contract, which is long overdue. The main obstacle is not money -which is there- but Bloomberg and Klein’s insistence that we give up senioirity and surrender on tenure and ATRs.
• WE DEMAND a parity contract: 4%, 4% with no givebacks.
• WE DEMAND that our ATRs are guaranteed a position and appointed to appropriate license areas within a district of their choice.
• WE OPPOSE tying tenure decisions to standardized tests. The negotiations on Race to the Top in New York State (as with states across the US) led to many dangerous concessions. 25% or 40% of tenure decisions will be based on student test results. This has the potential for disaster to our members.
• Tenure means due process rights. We have already witnessed serious setbacks to the 3020A process. We need to educate the public as well as our own members.

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January 2011