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Texas doing public school proud well. Feds challenging PTA'S not red or blue issue. People like their public schools. Hard to comment on much else in DC.
Charter school tuition frozen. Charters wanted three year lag in past. Not now. Charter cap they wanted lifted. We beat them. Lag is gone. Charters baselines at what they got last year which is $14,000 per student. Public schools get $21,000 per student. We educate most challenging students who have more needs. We bombarded Republican Senators with our lobbying.
State budget gives over a $1 billion increase in state aid for NYC. Teacher Center increased by 40%. Increase in community schools. Tax deduction in NYS for union dues.
Next challenge is constitutional convention. We must vote no. Bad people with outside money coming in. We need the package on how to do a vote no on a constitutional convention out to all chapter leaders. AFL-CIO has a campaign manager on this issue.
DeVos threw out ESSA regulations. Team going up to Board of Regents. In May should see changes in career and tech ed regs we have been pushing for for 15 years.
City in decent shape but worried about cuts from DC. Schools cannot set up for Sept and then cut later. NYS anti Trump state.
Governor protecting public schools now. City priorities are Teacher's Choice, community schools and others.
City has changed protocols on lead in water.
Texas is doing well with public school proud Want grassroots events so Texas won't outdo NY in public school proud. Must make a big, big loud noise in September when school starts.
We will load up the public school proud van and do events in each borough.
May 1 is 4.5% pay raise. It will be reflected in May 15 paycheck.
Staff Director's Report
Howie Schoor filled in for Leroy Barr and made announcements including immigration rights forum at UFT.
Question about lead in water
Mulgrew Answer: Teachers should go to doctor. If parent asks, send him/her to principal.
Question: ELA and math state tests. People with no preps.Is it an emergency as Principal says?
Answer: We have a right to go to bathroom. Tests are not an emergency.
Q:Student led parent teacher conferences. What are regs?
A: Must have SBO. Superintendent should have set up a plan. It should not be a mandate.
Q: People since election feeling more union pride?
A: Elected officials don't want to fight parents. Use AFL-CIO. Do something at school.
Q: Mayoral control coming up in June. What is our position?
A: We would like mayor to not have a majority of PEP. Different forms of mayoral control. Problem with school boards. Don't want to go back to community boards. Don't know what will happen. We won't support this form of mayoral control.
Q: NYSUT catastrophic insurance back with short window.
A: Not open for enrollment for 6 years. Gives you additional coverage over medical plans. Great benefit. May 1-June 15 open enrollment. Mulgrew recommends getting it.
Q: Must have lunch but not preps on testing day. Clarify please.
A: Correct but must be able to use bathroom.
Endorse Eric Gonzales for Brooklyn DA and Cy Vance for Manhattan DA. Added to agenda.
Lengthy resolution to support CPE1 for next month's agenda. They want teachers back and principal gone.
Delegate removed last March. Delegate said all veteran teachers under investigation. Chancellor not responsive. Principal abusive. Resolution is for 800 pound gorilla (UFT) coming down on DOE at school.
Howie Schoor from Unity says we tabled this at Executive Board. If we pass resolution, it will shut down communication with DOE. UFT very supportive. Many including Leroy Barr at school. Board of Ed must resolve this.
Mulgrew said we are doing everything to support CPE1.
I made a pariliamentary inquiry about the president alternating between speakers for and against on all debatable motions and us having the right to make amendment's when it is our turn to speak. Mulgrew tried to stop me but I made my point. (I will print it later.)
Special Orders of Business
Support for Andrew Hevesi's home stability program passed unanimously.
Resolution for Healthcare for all. Single payer.
Amendment: Mike Schirtzer: UFT will not support candidates for office who are against single payer or affordable care act.
Dave Pecararo argued that these were two separate issues and moved to split amendment into two separate issues.
Mel Aaronson said these amendments should be defeated. We would be a one issue organization. That ended the debate. Amendments failed. Original resolution passed.
Final resolution was on a voter registration drive among eligible high school students. It passed unanimously.