Remember the New York State United Teachers election this past spring. The first promise made in the campaign literature of Revive NYSUT, the victorious but now defunct caucus, was that they were against Common Core.
As NYC Educator reported last week, that pledge has been openly broken by the recently elected NYSUT President Karen Magee.
Here is part of her floor speech at the AFT Convention taken from Education Week as she rose to support Common Core with minor revisions: "I pose the questions to you today: "If not standards, then what? A free-for-all? Everyone does what they please? No common base? No common method to look at what they're doing?" She goes on by adding how the implementation was botched but the Common Core is a real opportunity.
However, in her Revive election literature it stated point blank that her slate was "against Common Core."
Promise made-promise broken. That didn't take long.
Our friends in the Chicago Teachers Union had an AFT resolution to oppose the Common Core as these are not standards but a way to make money for corporate education privatizers by testing kids and teachers to death. The UFT dominated AFT defeated this resolution in committee. Funny how Magee backed the UFT position and abandoned her pledge on Common Core because her literature further declared, "We are not puppets of the UFT." Have they disagreed on anything of any substance yet?
Then again, maybe it's not so funny because she needed the guaranteed bloc of 34% of the votes that come from the UFT to be elected NYSUT President. Those voters were of course bound by caucus obligation to do as President Mulgrew and the other leaders of Unity Caucus told them to do so they voted for Revive.
They are also bound at the AFT Convention to do as Mulgrew tells them so they make up a huge voting bloc in the national union too and thus supported Common Core.
Revive also claimed they were "against Cuomo." Anyone think NYSUT will support Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary for governor in September? I doubt it too.
Revive was against Gates funding too. Anyone believe they are pushing on that issue?
You get the idea.