This story came to us from our reader Pogue via KTUL - Tulsa, Oklahoma. It appears West Virginia has started a militant public school teacher movement that might be contagious.
MOORE, Okla. (KTUL)--Oklahoma teachers are fed up with state lawmakers. A public school teacher in Stillwater created the Facebook group "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time is Now!" two days ago, and it has already gained more than 20,000 members.
When are we in NY going to join this movement for action that started in West Virginia and now appears to be spreading?
Don't expect Michael Mulgrew to lead it. The West Virginia teachers' strike is buried as about the 25th story in this week's Chapter Leader Update. This after Executive Board member Mike Schirtzer introduced an amendment I wrote to a UFT resolution in support of the WVA teachers stating that the Union "will publicize the courageousness of the WV teachers to help educate our members about the power of union activism, including strikes, even when they are illegal." This amendment passed unanimously at the Exec Bd.
The UFT at least gave us some lip service but the WV paragraph came under such "important" stories as applying for peer evaluator positions so you can observe teachers rated ineffective and a Share My Lesson virtual conference. From what I saw in the weekly NYSUT Update, there is nothing on WV. There is nothing in NEA INsider either.
My point is any movement in NY will have to come from the ground, not from the leadership.