Posts Tagged 'Open Market'

Support the I Refuse Resolution

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the February 2015 Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: February 2015 Leaflet (Front) and (back)

 

New Action supports putting the I Refuse Resolution on this afternoon’s agenda. To be clear, the “I Refuse” speaks to supporting parents who opt their children out of State testing. It does not speak to teachers refusing to do any part of their jobs. Additionally, New Action supports widely distributing the NYSUT “Opt Out of State Tests Fact Sheet” to educate members and parents about rights and consequences vis a vis state testing.

Some Urgent issues for today – Teacher Evaluation

(from an updated version of the New Action leaflet distributed at the September 2014 Chapter Leaders’ Meeting).
For a printable version click: Fall 2014 Leaflet Front and back

New Action has opposed the Teacher Evaluation System since its inception.

Rating teachers based on the Danielson model look like the “checklist” we used to decry. Tying evaluation to student test scores is inherently arbitrary and unfair.

Yet this is the system in place. What should we do?

The union worked with Fariña to creating additional observation options. The new contract reduced the number of items we are rated on. These are positive changes.

But we need more. State law linking ratings to student test scores should be amended. “Developing” ratings have consequences – including getting passed over for transfers. We need the right to appeal D’s. And we need a process for questioning the principal’s judgment BEFORE the final rating.

Transferring? Know Before You Go

(from the New Action leaflet distributed at the June 2014 Delegate Assembly).
For a printable version click: June 2014 Leaflet Front and back

Due to school closures, myriad mini-schools opening, and the creation of the ATR pool, more UFT members have needed to transfer in the last few years, including right now, than at any other time in our history. You should “know before you go.” Check the Learning Environment Survey, the Inside Schools review, any word of mouth you can find. In that spirit, New Action brought the following resolution to the May 19, 2014 UFT Executive Board:

Resolution on Identifying Schools with High Staff Turnover

WHEREAS, the Open Market period runs from the present through the beginning of August; and
WHEREAS, every year thousands of our members apply for schools to transfer into; and
WHEREAS, high turnover rates are an indication that a school may have a problematic administration; and
WHEREAS, our members seeking transfers may not know which schools have high turnover rates, but that information is available to the UFT; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the UFT will establish a procedure in which a member can call a borough office and learn if a school in that borough has a high turnover rate; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the UFT will publish a list in the New York Teacher which details which schools have exceptionally high staff turnover.

Unity argued that this would embarrass hard to staff schools, and voted it down.

Assist teachers who need to transfer by Identifying Schools With High Staff Turnover

The following resolution was introduced at the UFT Executive Board Monday, May 19, 2014. It was defeated on a caucus-line vote

UFT Executive Board Resolution on Identifying Schools With High Staff Turnover

Whereas, the Open Market Transfer Period runs from the present through the beginning of August, and
Whereas, every year thousands of our members apply for schools to transfer into, and
Whereas, high turnover rates are an indication that a school may have a problematic administration, and
Whereas, our members seeking transfers may not know which schools have high turnovers rates, but that information is available to the UFT, therefore be it
Resolved, that the UFT will establish a procedure in which a member can call a borough office and learn if a school in that borough has a high turnover rate, and be it further
Resolved, that the UFT will publish a list in the New York Teacher which details which schools have exceptionally high staff turnover.

The Unity speakers against asserted that publishing the names of high turnover schools would be calling those schools bad schools, and that some high turnover schools are simply hard-to-staff schools, and that the staffs of those schools would be publicly shamed. Further, members already call the borough offices with questions.

High turnover rates are one of a number of factors that potential transfers should know about. Sometimes there is an understandable reason for a high number, but usually there is not. New Action continues to believe that teachers who need to transfer should have as much information as possible about the schools they are applying to.  In agreeing to the open market transfer system in 2005, the union should have assumed the obligation to protect transfers by providing such information.

 

 


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