From the Archives: ANDREW JACKSON H.S. CLOSED – IS YOUR SCHOOL NEXT?

December 1993

Without any consultation the Queens H.S. superintendent and the Board decided to close the schools and “clean house” of existing staff. At the December 1st D.A., the Jackson H.S. chapter leader said “if they can do it to us, they can close any school and displace its staff without regard to seniority.”

A chapter resolution was presented calling on our union to take legal action, if necessary, to prevent the closing. A Unity member presented a motion to table, which passed.

The belated response of the union was to pass another resolution protesting the manner in which Jackson was closed. But will the union back up the resolution? Will we militantly protest the closing of any school without prior consultation with the UFT and the school staff?

We cannot allow the Board to make us scapegoats for their failed policies.

(Reprinted on the Leaflet 2012 June from the Delegate Assembly)

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