Weekly Update #20 – 08.14.12

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 Movement of Rank & File Educators

The social justice caucus of the UFT

“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions”



Weekly Update #20 – 08.14.12

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Keep it rolling – Spread the word–help build MORE!

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MORE Upcoming Events

Help MORE Petition the UFT:

For a Democratic Discussion and Vote in the UFT on the New Evaluation System

Every educator deserves a fair evaluation as a basic part of our working conditions.

Look for more info in our next update.


MORE Summer Series

Fourth Session: Thursday, August 16, 5PM

Growing into the Fall: Launching our Fall Campaign


LOLITA Bar – located at 266 Broome Street (Between Grand & Delancey Streets) NYC, take the F to Delancey St. or the J, M, Z to Essex St.


MORE Caucus committee meetings


MORE open steering: Aug. 16, 2:30PM (Email us for location).


Election committee: Aug. 27, 4PM, CUNY (5th Ave and 34th St.)


  • Help choose the MORE slate for the next UFT elections (Jan-March, 2013).


How the UFT supports charter schools and even co-locations



Save Our Schools (SOS) 2012, Wash DC Aug 3-5: Kozol, Deb Meier, Nancy Carlsson-Paige (Matt Damon’s mom) and more


See videos and commentary and links to other bloggers who were present posted at Ed Notes Online.


Here are the links to the GEM vimeo site:



and links to Norm’s blog posts:





Chicago teachers authorize strike! Come build solidarity & learn about the struggle


A discussion featuring a presentation by a Chicago Teachers Union member


Thursday, August 23rd

6:30 p.m.

at The Murphy Institute

25 West 43rd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues

18th Floor, Room C/D


Public schools, teachers and their unions are under attack throughout the country.  The drive to privatize our public schools and strip away teacher protections is only accelerating.   In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled a promised 4% pay raise to Chicago teachers and proposed lengthening the school day by 20% with only a 2% raise.  In addition, Emanuel proposes implementing a merit pay system for teachers–a similar system in Baltimore has led to 60% of teachers receiving unsatisfactory ratings.  In response, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has refused to back down and has shown the power of solidarity, holding large rallies and forging alliances with community members.  The CTU is demanding smaller class sizes, fair pay and a diverse and fulfilling curriculum for Chicago students.  This spring, 90% of all CTU members voted to authorize a strike.  98% of those voting authorized a strike.


The CTU’s campaign has met with some initial success.  Emanuel recently agreed to hire almost 500 teachers, mostly arts, PE and enrichment teachers.  These teachers will be hired from a pool of laid-off, experienced teachers.  The result is that a longer school day will not force teachers to work longer and harder with no compensation.


While this victory is inspiring, the CTU’s strike preparations continue, as there has been no agreement on teacher pay, class sizes, merit pay and other important issues.  It is urgent that teachers, parents and community members show our solidarity with CTU.  We also have a lot to learn from CTU’s struggle.


Come hear a presentation by a CTU member and help organize solidarity for the Chicago teachers here in NYC!



Stand with CTU!

Sponsored by (list in formation):  Movement of Rank and File Educators, Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence, Coalition for Public Education, Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), Labor Notes, New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), New York City Labor Against the War, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, Independent Community of Educators (ICE).


Contact [email protected] to help organize the event or to co-sponsor


Change the Stakes

Are you interested in working in the battle to reframe the debate on high stakes testing? Join Change the Stakes at its next meeting, Friday, August 17, 5PM at CUNY, 5th Ave and 34th St. Room 5414 (bring id.) Many MORE members are involved in CTS along with NYC parents. MORE will be funneling its high stakes testing work through CTS.


Readings and viewings

UFT VP on Board of new Charter School (Gotham Schools reports)

UFT support for charter co-location if there is room (based on what criteria) and the school agrees (problematical given the principal would be under the gun of the DOE.)

MORE’s Mike Schirtzer posts:

As if we need more proof that our union leadership is not supporting it’s rank and file educators or public school parents, in fact they are doing more harm than good, here comes this smoking gun. Here we have have official documentation that the UFT’s own Vice president Leo Casey sits on the board of proposed new charter schools. Here is the documentation http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/documents/TheNewAmericanRedacted.pdf

Not to be self-righteous but if this is not enough to say we need a change in leadership to a union that defends public school teachers, parents, and students not actively opposes them as we see here, then what is?
Hate to sound like a shill for MORE but the future of our public education system in New York is at stake without new leadership.

Here is the Gotham Schools article and Ednotes detailed report/investigation
Gotham Schools


What Spain’s Protesters Are Doing to Get Attention


Video: California panel discussion: Who’s Behind ED “Reform”?



Training for new chapter leaders, new delegates, or anyone trying to build activism within the schools.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday September 19


Place TBA


Labor Notes, a publication for rank and file labor activists that has been around for more than 30 years, is teaming up with MORE to help provide training for UFT activists interested in trying to build membership activism in the schools. At our workshop on the 19th we’ll discuss ways in which we can identify potential activists and leaders within our schools, figure out how to approach and activate them, and discuss what kinds of issues are likely to interest our co-workers.


Join us on the 19th to meet experienced activists from other unions and from among MORE’s deep bench of rank and file leaders.


Stay tuned for details on location and time (most likely starting 4:30-5 PM).


For further info contact Kit Wainer.




Kit Wainer

UFT Chapter Leader, Leon Goldstein High School

[email protected]



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Send an email to [email protected] and ask to be added to the chapter leader listserve (not the same as MORE Discussion).


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