Arthur Goldstein in his review of Michael Mulgrew's citywide Chapter Leader meeting actually reported that our esteemed UFT President stated that the school opening this year was "smooth." I must work in another system. The reports I get are that the opening was somewhat chaotic in many schools with budgets that have still not recovered from the recession and abusive supervisors running roughshod over UFT members.
In a later posting on the same meeting, Arthur listed poor supervisors, oversize classes, the ridiculous teacher evaluation system, ATRs and other problems as the main concerns of teachers.
People call and email me about grievances sitting around for years waiting to be heard; teachers being brought up on charges and the union doing nothing for them; teachers being rated ineffective and the union sitting around not supporting them and the old standby of oversize classes that the UFT does less and less to lower as the years go by. I also hear constantly from Absent Teacher Reserves who are being targeted by the DOE with nowhere to turn to for help.
So is Mulgrew right that paperwork is the biggest problem in the schools and that there was a wonderful opening this year or are we correct that the system is as bad or maybe even worse than ever as this school year begins? I am seeing low morale and people just holding it together to survive in so many places.