UFT Solidarity is filling the leadership vacuum at the UFT left by the Michael Mulgrew led Unity Caucus. Solidarity has written a petition to close school buildings in NYC that has gathered over 2,800 signatures in a little over a day. They issued a press release demanding the closing of school buildings and switch to all remote education that resulted in significant press coverage today. Elementary and D75 schools are slated to reopen for in-person learning tomorrow.
We start with a piece at Gothamist from earlier:
Some public school teachers are demanding in-person learning shut down again as the COVID-19 positivity level in NYC has risen above 9% in recent days.
A faction of the United Federation of Teachers called the Solidarity Caucus, which sued the city last fall, wants schools to go entirely remote until the virus levels drop again and vaccinations are more widespread.
"We simply need to focus our attention on remote learning at least through the rest of the winter and through part of the spring," said Lydia Howrilka, a social studies teacher at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn who co-founded the caucus in 2014.
Solidarity is also featured on News 12 tonight in the Bronx. This is a must-see video.
In addition, UFT Solidarity has started an email writing campaign to close NYC school buildings for safety reasons.
Good evening all,
If anyone wants to send out emails to put pressure on the politicians to close D75 and elementary schools for safety. Here are the templates, instructions and emails: