I went to today's monthly MORE (Movement of Rank and File Educators) meeting and I was astonished to learn that the UFT Executive Board will be having their regular meeting on Monday evening instead of postponing it for a day it to come and support members in over 20 schools that are slated for closure at that night's Panel for Educational Policy meeting at Brooklyn Tech High School.
Surely whatever is on the UFT Exec Bd. agenda could wait a day. Multiple schools are about to be shuttered or phased out with teachers, parents, students and communities impacted but according to my sources, the UFT will only be sending a contingent to the PEP. In addition, there are no official UFT plans for any kind of protest that I am aware of.
Yes, these PEP events are bogus as the mayor's majority on the panel never goes against Department of Education proposals however the powerful UFT needs to officially be there in force, as they have been in prior years, to show disgust with the process.
One caucus in the UFT will be there. MORE will have a rally before the PEP meeting outside Brooklyn Tech and will be staying for the PEP.
We do not intend to let the DOE get away with closing our schools without us telling them how we feel. I will try to speak at the PEP.
Below is MORE's statement.
Join the rally, stay for the hearing to speak against school closings and co-locations!