When The NY Teacher arrives in the mail, I should probably do what many sensible people do and deposit it directly into the paper recycling bin. Instead, I read it.
Before I opened the latest NY Teacher today, I was somewhat excited that the UFT was supporting a rally on the steps of City Hall with parent groups to earmark city funds specifically for lower class size. I figured lower class size would surely be one of the UFT's legislative priorities with the City Council. Then, I opened up my NY Teacher and read what the UFT City Council legislative priorities are for the upcoming July 1 city budget deadline and UFT reality set in: lower class size did not even make the list.
From the NY Teacher:
As the July 1 deadline to pass the city budget approaches, the UFT made a full-court press for city funding for teacher's Choice and four other UFT-led educational programs: the United Community Schools Initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-A-Teacher homework helpline.
The UFT made the case at its May 8 legislative breakfast for Council members and again in testimony submitted to the Council's Education Committee at a budget hearing on May 20.
Remember what Norm Scott always says about the UFT: "Watch what they do and not what they say." In terms of lower class sizes, it doesn't even make the legislative priority agenda. Lower class sizes when the city has a $4 billion surplus does not even make the lip service cut.
Come on UFT: fight for lower class sizes for real.