Archive for May, 2015

Vote Greg Quinn for Chapter Leader, Social Workers and Psychologists

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the March 2015 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: May 2015 Leaflet

Gregorio “Greg” Quinn, New Action/UFT member, is running for Chapter Leader. He stands for member voice – that is, the professionals – the psychologists and the social workers – having a real say over how to properly provide quality care for children. He favors a more active chapter, and a responsive and proactive chapter at that. New Action urges Social Workers and Psychologists to “Vote Quinn.”

Support Tottenville Teachers, Standing up for Respect

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the March 2015 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: May 2015 Leaflet

UFT members want to be listened to. It is frustrating to be ignored. It is infuriating to watch bad ideas implemented without consultation. It is demoralizing not to be treated like professionals.

On Friday, May 29, from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM, Tottenville High School teachers and supporters will gather in front of the school to say “Listen to us, Talk to us, Consult with us, Respect us.”

New Action encourages retirees on Staten Island and members in nearby schools to come out and support the Tottenville UFT chapter.

Regents Fight over Details – Ratings based on test scores must go!

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the March 2015 UFT Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: May 2015 Leaflet

The Board of Regents is discussing implementation of the new NYS law on evaluation. Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the Board, and Cuomo’s co-author of this anti-teacher legislation, is being forced by the other Regents to backpedal on many details.

New Action supports attempts to lessen the impact of this bad system.

But using student test scores to rate teachers is plain wrong. At last month’s Delegate Assembly we amended the leadership’s resolution to drop UFT support of test scores to rate teachers.

Now we need to lead a fight to dump the law.