Voting no is the easiest way right now we can voice our opinion that the Department of Education-UFT alliance is bad news for everyone except the union and DOE hierarchies. If 90% vote yes, we are signing on to Mayor Bill de Blasio's school agenda as UFT President Michael Mulgrew wants to continue things as they are.
We pointed out in one of our 25 bullet points against the contract that Mulgrew is linking this contract to mayoral control of the schools. Here is what Mulgrew said at the press conference announcing the deal:
“Given the importance of the issues and the long-term initiatives that are part of this contract, the UFT is calling for the continuation of mayoral control as the governance structure for New York City public schools.”
Mayoral control leads to mayors having to ramp up the public relations machine to show how wonderful their education policies are.
This is from Twitter from an education reporter:
On the subject of Renewal, the de Blasio admin is hiring someone to study its education agenda. Part of that brief: "providing detailed and compelling stories about the positive transformation of NYC schools resulting from those initiatives."
Detailed and compelling stories about the positive transformation of NYC schools? That's what we taxpayers are shelling out money for.
Anybody want this job?
This is the system Michael Mulgrew wants to continue.
There are many great things happening in the schools. They often occur in spite of how the schools are run.