Archive for December, 2012

Winter “Day of Action”

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the December 2012 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: Leaflet 2012 December

New Action proposes citywide mobilizations this winter to address a host of issues in the schools, not least the fact that we have been without a contract since October 2009. Standing with our colleagues at our schools helps build espirit de corp. And at the schools everyone is there – we can involve those members who normally don’t travel.

New Action successfully pushed for a Day of Action this past spring. We now call on the leadership to bring our troops together again. Our issues are varied: fight for basic rights, to stop school closings, against curriculum writing, for a decent contract without givebacks and with retroactivity. But the underlying theme is constant – we need to push back, just to be treated fairly, just to produce a decent environment for teachers to teach and students to learn.

Learning Environment Surveys – Does Your Principal Respect You?

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the December 2012 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: Leaflet 2012 December

At many schools a majority of teachers disagreed with the statement “I feel respected by the principal.” If there are extenuating circumstances for a school listed here, let us know, and we will correct the information (perhaps some principals were removed?). The list excludes schools where the response rate is under 50%. Here are the top twenty:

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Dist Borough School Not respected
12 Bronx P.S. 044 David C. Farragut 80%
17 Brooklyn Paul Robeson High School 79%
5 Manhattan Academy For Social Action: A College Board School 73%
23 Brooklyn P.S. 150 Christopher 70%
30 Queens P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magne 68%
9 Bronx P.S. 132 Garret A. Morgan 68%
31 Staten Island P.S. 019 The Curtis School 67%
21 Brooklyn P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School 66%
11 Bronx P.S. 108 Philip J. Abinanti 65%
25 Queens P.S. 165 Edith K. Bergtraum 64%
10 Bronx The Celia Cruz Bronx High School Of Music 64%
2 Manhattan N.Y.C. Museum School 63%
5 Manhattan P.S. 133 Fred R Moore 63%
24 Queens P.S. 290 63%
29 Queens P.S. 118 Lorraine Hansberry 63%
18 Brooklyn Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School 60%
24 Queens P.S. 58 – School Of Heroes 59%
30 Queens I.S. 230 59%
9 Bronx Bronx Early College Academy For Teaching & Learning 59%
2 Manhattan Murry Bergtraum High School For Business Careers 58%

“Abusive Administrators” — a real and ongoing problem in many schools

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the December 2012 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: Leaflet 2012 December

New Action continues to receive numerous reports about abusive administrators. The DOE itself now says that the Principals Leadership Academy has not worked. See the December 6, 2012 issue of the New York Teacher (editorial on page 8). New Action has been saying this since the inception of the “Leadership Academy.” Not long along New Action put out a leaflet that laid out 14 steps to deal with abusive principals. It first requires serious solidarity amongst the staff to be successful.

Look at our list at our website. Consult your DR. Speak with colleagues about ways to support one another.