Chalkbeat is reporting that the latest surveys have come out and Chancellor Carmen Farina is a hit with the teachers. She has gone from 31% saying they are satisfied with the Chancellor last year to 60% saying they are satisfied now. Of course they don't give Absent Teacher Reserves the survey at all to skew the results. Even though I was on staff as a Leave Replacement Teacher at Middle College High School this year, I didn't receive a survey.
My wife was on sabbatical this year; she didn't get a survey either. Anybody else not polled?
Are we the minority who are unhappy with the schools and is there a Richard Nixonish silent majority out there who are crazy about the Chancellor and the New York City system?
Here are the full results.
Here is the DOE's more selective results.
My very brief analysis is that nobody played with the surveys and having a couple of thousand angry ATRs involved would have changed things but not that significantly. Some will say that people are too scared to say anything negative about the schools and they may have a point but I would argue that the UFT is mainly responsible for the Chancellor's improved rating.
The UFT's top down spin that everything is wonderful now in the NYC schools has resonated with many people. To me this is more evidence that he/she who heads the union at the school level (chapter leader/delegate) relays the message that the rank and file receive. In most schools those leadership positions belong to members of Michael Mulgrew's Unity Caucus where loyalty to the party line is a membership obligation. Mulgrew has decreed it's all hunky-dory in NYC schools. See any Delegate Assembly report for details. The problems are with the state according to the UFT leaders.
If we want to change the union, we need respected UFT members like those who read this blog to present the alternative view in just about every school. To put it another way, get in touch with us and spread the word.