I made my first appearance at the UFT Executive Board in quite a while. Secretary Howie Schoor chaired.
Open mic period was used by three schools.
It was enlightening hearing my friends from the High School for Applied Communications address the Executive Board. They had multiple complaints about their Interim Acting Principal Michael Weinstein and asked for UFT support and for the Union to publicly expose their out of control principal. One teacher had the principal in his room 40 times this year.
A group from CPE 1 came to support their embattled principal and criticize people attacking principal.
Finally, the chapter leader and the student newspaper advisor from Townsend Harris told the story of how their school worked with the Queens UFT to have IA principal Jahoda removed. They thanked Queens office.
No Mulgrew as he is in DC at AFT Executive Board.
Mike Schirtzer asked about helping High School for Applied Communications as principal is his former APO. Schoor said UFT will be at the school.
Question about UFT being proactive against abusive administrators
Howie Schoor said 13 schools are a problem. Superintendents not supervising principals. We are focusing on Superintendents.
Leroy Barr then said we are proactive.
Question was asked about grievances. Ellen Procida said there are many ridiculous rulings at chancellor's level and we are getting resolutions at arbitration but we are not where we want to be yet.
Question on class sizes from Francis Lewis not being lowered even after ordered by arbitrator. Ellen said we will be strong in compliance conference and principal could be warned to stay in compliance with class size limits in the fall as well as lowering class sizes now.
A question was asked about CPE1. Lawsuit has been filed. UFT working on making sure members are protected.
Question asked about connections on DOE attacking progressive schools. UFT focusing on superintendents. They are the principal's bosses. More paperwork problems in Queens High Schools than in other districts.
Secretary Schoor noted that UFT District Rep James Vasquez was complimented a record 3 times for his work.
Other reports were given. Some candidates were endorsed and the the accountant gave a report saying the UFT was in good shape financially.
Refinanced 50 Broadway at a lower rate recently. Capital improvements including a new roof need for 52 Broadway. Renting fourth floor of 50 to Molloy College.
UFT pension plan 108% funded.