I just arrived home from work and right there in the mail was my brand new copy of The NY Teacher newspaper. The cover stories are on a school that has remarkable professional development and a DOE - UFT agreement on reducing teacher paperwork.
I actually read the articles. It seems as though the schools the NY Teacher is covering and the buildings where I have gone to for ATR interviews are in two different school systems. Teachers I talk to do not like the endless Mondays and Tuesdays with marathon professional development on Monday that almost everyone agrees is basically a waste of time, while Tuesday afternoons are spent reaching out to parents when most aren't home because they work.
Teachers and other UFT members I talk to are not seeing any relief in micromanagement style mandates for stuff like paperwork, bulletin boards, etc.... in spite of a new reduction in paperwork agreement touted in the NY Teacher.
The newspaper also neglects to mention this year's very tight school budgets. The only negative piece is on oversize classes. Funny how that did not make the cover.
What we can infer from the way the UFT leaders are handling the news is they are determined to show Mayor Bill De Basio and Chancellor Carmen Farina in a positive way, even if the reality in most of the schools shows little, if any, improvement under the new regime compared to the last one.