2013 MORE Summer Series
Discuss, Debate, Educate!
Forums, Guest Speakers, Open-Discussions, Get-together’s
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Every Other Thursday this Summer!
Local 138 138 Ludlow St (btwn. Rivington & Stanton) NYC 4:00-7:00PM
Happy Hour $3 draft beer, $3 wines, $3 well drinks Nearest Transit Stations: Delancey St. (F), Essex St. (J,M,Z) 2nd Ave St (F)
The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) is a caucus in the United Federation of Teachers that was created in 2011 to transform our union into one that will stand up and fight for the rights of educators, students and communities. MORE is building a movement against privatization, school closings, and high stakes testing. MORE challenged the UFT leadership in the Spring 2013 union election because we believe in democratic, rank and file led union. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.
July 11: High Stakes Testing and the Schools Our Children Deserve
We’re kicking off the summer series by taking a look at the effects of high stakes testing in our schools. Parents from Change the Stakes will be joining us to discuss why a growing parent movement against the high stakes nature of these tests is mounting not just in NYC but statewide and nationally. Discuss HST and its use as a vehicle for enabling destructive policies such as school closures & ranking and sorting students that leads to the school to prison pipeline. The socioeconomic and racial disparity in these policies has been downplayed and must be brought to light. This will be a great opportunity to discuss teacher and parent concerns as well as ways in which we can support each other and build a movement towards enabling schools that our students deserve.
July 25: UFT/AFT Leadership: Friend or Foe?
A full understanding of the role the UFT/AFT leadership plays is a crucial step for any caucus. Through what lens does an opposition caucus in the UFT view Unity, the dominant party in power? As potential partner, foe or something in between?
· To what extent can a caucus challenge the leadership without being accused of promoting an antiunion mentality amongst a disaffected membership?
· Can a caucus create pressure to force changes in policy or would such changes be cosmetic, co-opting the opposition while strengthening the leadership?
Come to an open debate and discussion on these crucial questions that must be explored before any caucus can grow!
August 8: How Do We Fight For a New Contract?
UFT leadership’s only fair contract strategy is to influence the Democratic mayoral primary with the hope that the new mayor will feel obliged to the UFT. The problem with this is that after the election, the UFT will have no leverage over the Mayor and we will be negotiating at our weakest. The lack of real UFT mobilization has given the green light to the DOE to violate our contract, increase the number of observations, and use partial observations against teachers.
Why Union Contracts Are Good for Educators-and the Public.
Strategies for winning a contract that: can protect us from the worst aspects of the new evaluation system
How do we protect educators’ and students Rights?
Supporting Teacher Professionalism & Checking Administrative Power
August 22: The First Days of School: How to Build an Active Chapter
The first days of school are a busy time for teachers. In addition to setting up our classrooms and preparing lessons for incoming students, we are typically inundated with mandates and requests from administration. This summer, the Movement of Rank and File Educators will hold a discussion and training session for all teachers (not just chapter leaders and delegates) on the First Days of School, and how we can get off on the right foot educating, organizing, and mobilizing our coworkers. Topics include but are not limited to:
· Overcoming anti unionism/E4E
· Overcoming apathy
· Overcoming fear/Dealing with difficult supervisors
· How to get your UFT chapter started and building a consultation committee
· Getting support for first-year teachers? When is it time to file a grievance about class sizes, programs or other matters?
If you have any ideas based on your first days of school, please contact MORE!
Email MORE at : [email protected]
Visit us at: morecaucusnyc.org