The first Delegate Assembly of the 2016-17 school year is today. Once again these reports from the DA are from a smartphone so I apologize in advance for any errors.
President Michael Mulgrew was talking about fighting charter schools when I arrived a bit late.
State and National
Working on standards to replace Common Core. We want ELL and special ed standards.
People angry in DC about John King putting out regulations that are against the law. We are waiting to see changes coming next year after election
State accountability from federal law is important. We want growth to be part of anything on evalutions.
Chicago and Buffalo teachers have tentative contracts. Must see it in context of municipal situation in each city.
In Chicago the pension is underfunded.
Buffalo in austerity as school system has shrunk.
Hard to negotiate when all agree city does not have money.
Mulgrew thanked Mindy Rosier for walking to Albany for education funding.
UFT legislative priorities in Albany for 2017 are to get more funding, stop a constitutional convention (it could be used to steal our pensions), not lift the charter cap and fixing the teacher evaluation system.
Andrew Cuomo has finally visited some NYC public schools to recognize some good teachers.
First UFT English Language Learner conference is booked solid.
NYC school system doing better than ever. We have caught up to state. Graduation rate higher than ever. We have classrooms in NYC with students who speak multiple languages. Conference to deal with this.
We have a book event in the Bronx. Organizer for breast cancer walk is Service Silva who addressed the Delegates.
CTLE hours. Many questions on PD hours and no answers from DOE.
Register with state during birth month.
DOE has nothing out.
UFT Teacher Center training can go toward hours. Teacher center is approved PD provider.
We need more from DOE.
Teacher Evaluation (APPR)
No agreement. UFT wants multiple measures of student Learning that is not standardized tests for growth.
650 and then 697 rated ineffective first two years of evaluation. Hoping it is lower this year.
We think we are close to an agreement on evaluations with DOE. NYC will lose $500 million in state aid if no agreement.
Matrix says if student learning is good and principal says you are bad you are good.
If principal says you are good and student learning is bad you are good.
It is a fair system.
Out of state many vacancies. Asking parents to sub.
Resolving issues. Bring them to district committees after you try to work it out at school. Chapter leader can file on behalf of school. Goes to central after district. Use process.
Classroom supplies company giving 25% off for supplies. Great vendor.
Leroy Barr reported chapter leaders and delegates who had 100% attendance are being recognized after the meeting.
Parent conferences and Teacher Union Day coming up. Thanksgiving winter clothing drive ongoing. Next DA is Nov 9, the day after the national election.
Dan Lupkin: 2014 UFT resolution to boycott Staples. How did we spend $170,000 at Staples last year?
Mulgrew Answer: We are getting out of contracts we can and he contacted CFO to make sure we are not spending at Staples. He will get back when there is more information.
Q What do we tell insurance salesman who want to talk at chapter meeting?
Q Paras not getting lunch. Must follow IEP kid. Is it proper?
Q No SAVE rooms
A This is not proper. Call UFT safety department. It is a program to help struggling kids.
Q Functional chapters: How do we make them feel like more of a part of the chapter?
A Talk to them, get a functional rep on chapter committee.
Q Question on election. Trump and and Clinton bad. Is there a way to have discussion and debate on having a worker's party in the US?
A Diverse political views go from ultra left to ultra right within UFT. Put up a resolution on this. It is not up to president.
Q Too many emails?
A Paperwork covers electronic stuff too.
Q Principal has gone psychotic. She is not being collaborative. How do we get principals back on track?
A Use consultation committee. Talk to District Rep.
Q Update on maternity leave? Post new resolutions rather than hand them out?
A Moving in electronic direction.
Maternity: Sub costs less than teacher. Costing is moving in right direction. City calling it child acquisition. No mechanism yet. Trying to get it done.
Motion not to support Trump or Clinton and have a worker's party. It did not pass.
Motion for this month. New teacher induction. It is on back of Unity leaflet. It passed.
Special Orders of Business
Janella Hinds motivated a resolution to make it easier to start Career and Technical schools. It passed easily.
Resolution on integrating arts education into curriculum in every school. It passed.
Resolution to mark the anniversary of the 1960 strike. It passed. Leaders from 1960 received a standing ovation.
Resolution on UFT supporting NAACP call for moratorium on new charter schools.
Dave Pecararo from Unity called the question right after someone motivated it. Mulgrew did ask for a speaker against. I tried to amend the resolution but he called on someone else. Resolution passed. I will have more on this in a later posting.