- Happy talk on the state of the schools from Mulgrew: the system is doing the better than ever according to the President.
- There are plenty of concerns from the schools and the UFT's goals this year are to empower, organize and engage each school site.
- Nothing new on December 23rd being a day off; Mulgrew mentioned a possible NY Post editorial if we get the day back as a day off which we always had off in the past when December 23rd fell on a Monday.
Here is the December 23 material right from Arthur's minutes of Michael Mulgrew's lengthy President's Report:
December 23rd—Been dealing with state and DOE since calendar came out. Believes common sense and rational adult thought will prevail in a short period of time. If we lose one day, we still have three snow days. Lots of confusion now, will play out. You know a certain NYC paper would write an editorial about it were it to happen. We have to be reasonable—most people work on the 23.
This is a little less confident then what he stated last week at the Executive Board but still somewhat optimistic. However, I fear when Mulgrew says we have to "be reasonable". Does that mean givebacks? Also, waiting too long on this hurts people who are attempting to plan for that week including my family.
If we are so afraid of the pro-charter school NY Post's editorial board, I just just checked the Success Academy charter school calendar. You are not going to believe this on Eva Moskowitz' schools:
Monday, December 23 – Monday, January 6 No School: Winter Break K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Monday, December 23 – Monday, January 6 No School: Winter Break 5, 6, 7, 8
Monday, December 23 – Friday, January 3 No School: Winter Break 9, 10, 11, 12
That should stop the Post editorial dead in its tracks.
Can anyone find a school district that is open on December 23rd this year besides NYC?
Our Schools are doing Better than Ever:
Again right from Arthur's minutes of Mulgrew's report:
Disturbed we are hearing nothing good about school system. Enemies are happy at that. Parents saying we don’t believe in standards, suspensions, G and T, only makeup and demographics. Fact is school system doing better than ever but we don’t hear it. Even with vocational diploma never had grad rate this high. Outperformed rest of state four years in a row. Not heard in public discourse.
No one is hearing about graduation and dropout rates, or outperforming state, but only these things . We need to take what we’ve been doing and work with communities to show our successes. No one would have anticipated this 15 years ago.
How did the system achieve these huge advances in the graduation rate?
Just go to the second question from a Chapter Leader and you get the answer in the question:
Q—What can we do to expose abuses inside schools before media? Sometimes done wrong way with teachers blamed. Schools pushed to pass students. We know that much of it is fake. Happening everywhere. We are under pressure from abusive principals. Untenured play along, will backfire. Leaders use comp time to create a clique, de facto admin.
(Mulgrew) A—If we’re going to make an allegation, we need documentation to prove it. If there’s something going on, we want to know. CL has right to say no to comp time positions. It’s tough. People who want jobs are members, but you have to say no if it’s making someone de facto admin. You have right to do that. DOE denies this stuff, but ends up in paper. Use consultations to build case for when we go public. We will back you.
You heard it: "We will back you."
If you want to read about the new call centers, new class size procedures, special ed, removing disruptive students from class, how the UFT is going to empower, organize and engage each school site, protecting Bill de Blasio's pre-k legacy and much more go over to Arthur's site. It's all there.