Lydia Howrilka's report from the Skype oral arguments in the case UFT Solidarity helped get started last week seeking an injunction to get more accommodations for UFTers to work remotely.
1. Folks from DOE Brass and DOE Legal were on the call.
2. The judge asked very fair and balanced questions. She gave us all a heads' up- standing arguments, status quo of education.
3. Judge was unwilling to take sides. Which may bode well for us.
4. The City attorney was VERY pro-DOE/DeBlasio. Kept on throwing "kids need in person learning" and "NYC has a low transmission rate" up again and again.
5. Judge asked us to send her an update on the petitioner's individual conditions and current status.
6. Bryan did exceptionally well arguing that the system is arbitrary for approving some and denying other accommodations. He asked the City: "So, who is the person who is charge of approving or denying accommodations?" The City refused to say.
7. What is the tipping point of not enough teachers? 27,000 were granted accommodations; what's 5 more?
8. City attorney said that principals have discretion to approve or deny accommodations. When questioned who is the man behind curtain, the City refused to say and they feinted.
9. None of our petitioners feel comfortable going back to school next week.
10. City said, "Kids need school!" Bryan said, "Yes, how will kids feel when they get themselves, family or teachers sick?"
11. Several CECs are bringing up lawsuits against the NYC DOE.
12. Bryan said: "Stop playing games! This is not about kids at all. This is all about politics and money!"