As NYC Educator told us today, the frustrations of teachers having to be part of NYSUT and the UFT, two organizations that do not run elections on a level playing field, may soon have consequences internally as union locals are talking about pulling out of NYSUT.
We would like to take a moment to thank you for your participation and support during this weekend’s NYSUT Representative Assembly in New York City.
We also want to thank Mike Lillis, Bianca Tanis, Megan DeLaRosa, and Nate Hathaway for their campaign for the NYSUT Officer positions. Over the past four months, they have helped define the vision of the ST Caucus and communicated that vision to NYSUT members around the state. While we lost in our attempt to win the officer positions, we have won in our continued desire to change the narrative within NYSUT.
We are happy to report that seven members of the ST Caucus won positions to the NYSUT Board of Directors as Regional Directors including Kevin Coyne and Laura Spencer, members of the ST Caucus Executive Committee. We remain optimistic that these BOD members will be able to hold NYSUT accountable to the will of the membership that was established at the Representative Assembly.
You should be aware that two important resolutions (#15 and #17) were enthusiastically endorsed by the ST Caucus, fought for in committee debate, and subsequently, unanimously ratified by NYSUT’s delegate body. Here are some important NYSUT positions adopted this week with the significant support of Stronger Together;
- NYSUT refuses to participate in any endeavor to promote, support or organize efforts to have teachers write test items for the NYS Math and ELA tests in grades 3-8 until the career and college ready benchmarks have been corrected.
- NYSUT will oppose, through legislative lobbying efforts, any teacher evaluation regimen mandating the use of student performance measures. NYSUT will lobby to have the current law (3012-d) changed to make student performance measures non-mandatory.
We anticipate that these resolutions can be the start to an unwavering pushback against the corporate reform agenda that the members of ST Caucus demand.
While the RA has come to a close, the work of the ST Caucus will continue as we advocate for the needs of educators and students around New York State. We are thankful that we were able to meet so many of you this past weekend and look forward to working with many more of you throughout the course of the year.
We remain, STRONGER TOGETHER!