Archive for December, 2012



Diversity in New York City Schools

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

New Action/UFT strongly urges Chapter Leaders and delegates to support today’s [substitute] resolution calling for support to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund /Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund civil rights complaint regarding specialized high school admissions, and further calling for a UFT committee to consider alternatives.

Almost two years ago this body passed a resolution resolving that “the UFT demand that the New York City Department of Education rededicate itself to a policy of actively recruiting and hiring teachers of diverse backgrounds in order to reverse the downward trend of the last eight years in the percentages of African-American and Latino classroom teachers and to diminish the considerable gap between the numbers of African-American and Latino students and the numbers of teachers of color.” It is time to push again for diversity, on all fronts.

The Real Reason So Many New Teachers Quit

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

Our leaders have told us repeatedly that a lousy evaluation system causes teachers to leave the system. A recent study by Peter Youngs and Ben Pogodzinski of Wayne State University finds something different. The following is excerpted from a piece by John Tierney at The Atlantic, dated November 16, 2012.

The researchers found that the most important factor influencing commitment was the beginning teacher’s perception of how well the school principal worked with the teaching staff as a whole. This was a stronger factor than the adequacy of resources, the extent of a teacher’s administrative duties, the manageability of his or her workload, or the frequency of professional-development opportunities.

In the case of the novice teachers, poor relations with principals come through in disagreements over school or district policies, evaluations of teacher performance, and expectations that teacher work beyond their contractual requirements. The atmosphere of distrust is often magnified as the teachers discuss their complaints with one another. And it’s not just novice teachers whose work lives are affected by the school’s head….

What is The Kings College?

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

Some of us have noticed that The Kings College is now renting space in 52 Broadway. TKC is an ultra-conservative institution whose president, until recently, was ideologue Dinesh D’Souza. At the November 19 UFT Executive Board New Action co-chair Michael Shulman asked how the decision to rent space to The Kings College was made. The response was that we rent space to many educational institutions, including GED programs and to programs run by the DoE itself, and while The Kings College students are here we will be mingling with them and influencing them.


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