NYC Educator provided a comprehensive report from the April 15 UFT Delegate Assembly. I recommend that everyone head on over there to read his minutes. For a very quick summary, it was once again reinforced that UFT leadership will not do anything to assist parents throughout the state who are starving the data beast by having their kids refuse to take Common Core exams.
Mulgrew's reasoning is that we will lose federal funding if 95% of students don't take the exams. This view is refuted by Fair Test.
Mulgrew says he is being "smart" putting the union's weight behind trying to pass a new federal education law instead of supporting the parent rebellion taking place statewide against the Common Core tests. How can the biggest teacher union basically sit this out?
This is just further proof, though it is not really needed, that the UFT is really now a subsidiary of the NYC Department of Education and not an independent trade union.
For more on refusing the test, go to New York State Allies for Public Education.