Friday, November 20, 2020



November 20, 2020

The Community Education Council District 26 (CEC 26) is comprised of parents who have been elected or appointed to serve as stakeholders of the district, representing over 15,000 public sschool students. The following resolution offers CEC 26's position regarding NO CONFIDENCE ON THE NEW 


WHEREAS, the New York City Mayor did hire Richard Carranza to be the NYC Schools Chancellor on March 5, 2018; and

WHEREAS, the Chancellor's duties and responsibilities are for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. The Chancellor is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NYC Department of Education as well as responsible for all New York City Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, the leadership of the New York City Department of Education Chancellor is integral to the effective execution of the mission of the New York City Department of Education; and

WHEREAS, the mission of the New York City Department of Education is that every student has a right to, and is guaranteed, a free, public school education; and

WHEREAS, included in the New York City Department of Education's mission is the Equity and Excellence for All agenda that has been central to today's improved student outcomes, including the highest-ever graduation and college enrollment rates, the lowest-ever dropout rate, and rrising scores on state tests; and

WHEREAS, The Framework for Great Schools is the primary way the Department of Education partners wiith our schools and communities. There are nine elements to this framework:

1)Rigorous and Engaging Instruction

2)Supportive Environment

3)Collaborative Teachers

4)Effective School Leadership

5)Strong Family-Community Ties

6)Collaboration and Agreement with Community Education Councils and Parent Teacher Associations

7)District Wide Policies

8)School Wide Policies 


WHEREAS, rigorous instruction has been set aside to accommodate the lack oof appropriate curriculum to ensure that no student will have to repeat a year of academic instruction, as well as putting in place a grading policy that does not achieve the high standards essential to the future success of our students; and

WHEREAS, many families from homes with different languages reflective of our diverse family communities, are being left with minimal support to help their children understand and advance in their education and development; and

WHEREAS, our educators are being left with minimal and untimely guidance or tools to assist iineducating our children, therefore collaboration has been ineffective; and

WHEREAS, the guidance and policies from the Chancellor's office has been minimal due to the lack of communication, leaving our school leaders with no answers for our families and for the majority of questions posed; and

WHEREAS, due to the ongoing pandemic, families have been forced to continue the struggles faced with online remote learning as well as the everyday responsibilities and hardships they face on a daily basis as well as teaching at home. The resources and partnerships that were used for support, have been taken away until further notice. Families have been left in isolation without sufficient services for struggling students. 

WHEREAS, our Parent Teacher Associations along with our Community Education Councils, were left with many unanswered questions and without proper guidance from the Chancellor's office onovirtual meetings and how to engage our school communities using the available platforms until most recently; and 

WHEREAS, without timely guidance from the Chancellor's office, the District Offices were left with many critical and unanswered questions for families; and 

WHEREAS, without timely guidance from the Chancellor's office, both District and School Wide Policies were also put on hold awaiting further guidance; and

WHEREAS, the trust that had been formed with our school communities together with our families, has been lost. Our families can no longer rely on the New York City Department of Education to provide our children their given right to an equitable and excellent education, due to the constant breaking of promises, lack of resources, and lack of transparency made to our families. These broken promises are listed below:

●High quality Remote and Blended Instruction;

●Hiring adequate licensed personnel including but not limited to teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, social-workers, psychologists, paraprofessionals, licensed service-providers and therapists necessary for current learning models;

●Free and accessible Wi-Fi for all;

●Access and technical support to working remote learning devices, printers and accessories;

●Federally Mandated services to our special-need students; 

●A safe environment for all with adequate ventilation to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus wwithin our school buildings;

●Multiple windows for families to opt in for in blended learning;

●Guidance regarding high school admission with promise of community engagement;

●Dates for Gifted and Talented as well as Specialized High School Admissions Tests;

●Support of our English Language Learners;

●Workshops for our diverse families translated accordingly to support academic as well as the social and emotional well-being of our students;

●Lastly and most importantly, Family Empowerment and engagement. Families are listed on the Department of Education Website as The CLOSEST PARTNERS in helping our 1.1 million sstudentsthrive. Our families are at a point where they feel ignored and excluded from the ongoing conversations involving the education of their children

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Community Education Council of District 26 has no confidence in the New York City Department of Education Chancellor, Richard Carranza, to further guide the Department of Education to fulfill his duties and responsibilities to the families of the 1.1 million students enrolled within the New York City Public School System; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Community Education Council of District 26 calls on the Mayor of New York City Bill DeBlasio, to immediately dismiss Chancellor Richard Carranza, relieving him of his duties, and to find a competent candidate for this role to fulfill the duties and responsibilities bestowed upon the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education in partnership with the families of the 1.1 million students. 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Community Education Council of District 26 calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State, to take immediate action to support and allocate resources for all our schools as a result of the failures of the New York City Department of Education as well as the failure of the New York City Department of Education Chancellor, Richard Carranza. 

This Resolution was approved on November 20, 2020 Special Meeting by a unanimous vote of members present including Adriana Aviles, Karen Rose Scutt, Cassandra Louie, Sandra Lau, John Gavros, Norman Cohn, Alan Ong, David Wong, Todd Friedman, and Dilip Nath.


Anonymous said...

This means nothing. The students are the problem.

Anonymous said...

But I should bust my balls...

Just shocking.

7 months into supposedly having built the most impressive contact tracing operation in America, the mayor of NYC admits that. . .

NYC has literally no evidence of any kind that covid is spreading in restaurants or gyms.

Bronx ATR said...

The rank and file should do the same for deBlasio and Mulgrew.

Anonymous said...

How fast will DeBlasio disband this group and discharge its members?

Anonymous said...

He was chosen by the WORST mayor in NYC's history. Did anyone really expect better?

Anonymous said...

And this is going to be effective how? De Blassio is still going to say he is doing a good job since he hired him. They do this all the time with principals and the principals still remain in the building, so this is just a waste of good use of vocabulary words.

Anon2323 said...

Bottom line schools should be open 3% is a completely arbitrary number, the CDC says 5% and that makes sense. This is all on the teacher's unions who backed Biden and put the pressure on for closing.

Private, catholic and schools on long island are going on as scheduled. City students in high school have an average reading level of 7th grade, with the pandemic and virtual teaching the long-lasting effects will be felt. Regents could be made optional for a more advanced high school degree. These students will be lucky to work at rite aid in the future, it is sad.

james said...

This makess ense.

A student has a job.

She never atennds live meetings because she has a job. The school wont change her program.

Yet she gets a 95 in every class except for mine.

Then she send messages saying she doesnt know what to do for the assignments because she isnt in class.

Ap and guidance notified, no response.

What am i to do?

Anonymous said...

The rank and file of the UFT do nothing but complain Bronx ATR. Organizing to change something never happens. The membership is a bunch of anonymous whiners who won't do shit. Read here or NYC teachers on facebook.

Anonymous said...

So what if Long Island schools are open. They also close the schools on Long Island when there is 3 inches of snow. Also, they give days off in Spring when they don't use the snow days. As for standards, now they are pushing to cancel student loan debt, so again kids are going to think they can get anything for free and not take responsibility for anything. Next they'll be getting cars and homes for free.

Anonymous said...

James, same issue here. My school is at fault. We have a day and night program and they insist on keeping the student in a program where there is a conflict with a job so she never attends school. Should be investigated by osi.

Anonymous said...

12:03 - In addition Long Island teachers on average make 20 grand more per year.

11:23 - NYC should have night school programs in place.

Anonymous said...

You know how im showing no confidence, I'm going golfing at 10 AM on Monday.

Joe said...

Joe here,

I told you it wasn't my fault.

Texas takes over crumbling Houston schools Carranza abandoned for NYC DOE

Anonymous said...

I wish carranza would focus on this...

While public, media & political attention has been understandably focused on #COVID, another virus is ripping through minority communities nationwide. The crime virus of shootings & murders, many involving young males in gangs, is taking a devastating toll.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for the crime virus, and in the rush and confusion of criminal justice reform many of the programs that had helped to lower those rates for almost 30 years were unfortunately discarded.

Anonymous said...

As long as Someone with DeBlasio’s lefty agenda is in charge it doesn’t matter if Carranza leaves. DeBlasio will replace him with an equally incompetent chancellor. I’m glad parents are trying to do something but it’s DeBlasio they need to oust.

Anonymous said...

NEWSFLASH: Carranza does not give two shits about a vote of no confidence. The mayor will never fire him.

Anonymous said...

Bernie: Every working American gets $2K monthly

Every non worker gets $2400 a month

Everybody gets free medical

Wow, I'll resign tomorrow

James Eterno said...

Bernie is trying to support the people during the pandemic as European countries do when they tell people to stay home and pay them to do so.

Anonymous said...

What is the actual meaning of teacher?
A teacher (also called a school teacher or, in some contexts, an educator) is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue. Informally the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone (e.g. when showing a colleague how to perform a specific task).

We certainly don't do that.

Shelley said...

Meanwhile back in the real world your Union President gave an interview in CNBC. The Business Class and Business Class media want to blame the Unions for closing NYC schools, but Mulgrew claims that the schools are safe, that the teachers and the union don't want schools closed, it's the mayor who is responsible for the closings. Mulgrew takes credit for opening schools and claims that it was his work, his threat of a strike that forced the city to put safety measures in place, that such measures are in place and are working and that the Mayor should have listened to the UFT that advanced a micro-targeted closing and opening method much like the one Cuomo has argued for.

At least Mulgrew, who often talks like idiot, knows how to hold a butter knife. So far, he hasn't lost a job or a penny of wages. Interest and contract extensions aside.

The Mayor, always the Schlemihl & Schlimazel drops his, and his bread, and of course it always lands butter side down to the filthy floor because he's De Blasio or because he's butter both sides of the bread.

So why is MM playing the Business card now?

He wants Bars and Restaurants on his side. He wants Cuomo on his side.

Maybe he ain't as dumb as he sounds.

Shelley said...

The European plan won't work here. It's a European plan. In fact, it's not working so well there. The plans the EU has used to deal with the cycle of crises has caused unemployment, especially for young people, to move way above trend (a line historically double US levels) and stay there. It's causing migration of young talent to a few nations in the EU and out of Europe. Not good. It has created a huge number of Zombie companies that are propped-up by government. This, a kind of Japanification, will prevent the EU from growing, even at its normal anemic rate. And rates are zero so no help from the Central Bank. Here, in the US we are not going down that path. The Fed, headed by Republicans, Bankers mostly, admonished the government yet again, that they need to do the fiscal work now because the Fed can't lower interest rates much, it's only major tool, and its toolbox of other clever tools is nearly empty. Bernie is a smart guy, would make a good Labor Secretary to counter Biden's Corporate Cabinet, but he won't get the job and he knows it, so he's blowing socialist smoke, campaigning for a progressive elbow at the table, but he and Warren are obviously out no matter the Georgia outcome. Mulgrew smells this coffee and is positioning the UFT in the lap of Business friendly democrats.

James Eterno said...

We were with the business friendly Democrats during the Obama years. The consequences for us were disastrous.

Anonymous said...

How were the schools under Bush,Obama, Trump? Every year, we dumb things down to accommodate students unable or unwilling to work. The constant propping up of an 85% minority student body leads us to all the fraud. Who would've thought students could pass with 0% attendance?

Moose said...

This profession, this career has become so disheartening. I'm in the process of a Leave that I applied for to care for my 2 year old son who was exposed to CoVid. To have that in limbo, with a principal who says "He's not even sick", is saddening to here. I will be grieving it if need be. I'm not using my CAR Days if I don't have to. For now I am using them.

UFT Contract has a CoVid clause where you can get 2/3 pay to care for your child who depends on you. My 2 year old left alone can do some nutty things lol.

Joe, keep doing your thing. I'm with you 100 percent. I don't care who bashes me, tells me I'm a slug, etc. When there is no accountability for anything, and the grades mean nothing; how do we expect these future adults to thrive in society?

Anonymous said...

Obama business friendly years disastrous but Biden will be different? Hate Trump all you want but he did nothing to affect nyc teachers... negative or positive. Obama on the other hand screwed teachers big time with Race to Top. I suspect so will Joe. Kamala fought truancy by jailing black moms. What makes you think Biden/Harris will be anyone other than who they have already showed you they are? Bernie and Warren are suckers. They got played and will have nothing to show for it. AOC will stamp her feet and send her yasss girl tweets. She’ll either get nowhere or help dems lose more house seats in 2022. Working class stiffs should be uniting for a seat at the table. But the far left has ensured that will never happen. Instead of focusing on health care and fair trade deals the dems went off the rails by supporting BLM, failing to denounce antifa, refusing to prosecute rioters etc... I am a regular liberal who now votes Republican. The dems left me, not the other way around. My values are still the same. I will not support a party that allowed all this woke bullshit to take over. They have become my enemy.

Anonymous said...

So when the schools open up again we can all agree that it is Mulgrew that is making it happen? I hate his guts.

Anonymous said...

You can always refuse to go in. I'm remote. Students won't

Turn on camera
Write essays
Hand in work
Hand in work on time
Respond to questions live

So I started showing videos

The work done thus far will will be their report card grade. Too bad for them.

TJL said...

More news from the Post:

Staten Island Councilman Joe Borellli, parents file lawsuit to reopen NYC schools
By Susan Edelman

November 21, 2020 | 9:50am

Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli joined parents in filing a second lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction to reopen public schools, he announced Saturday.

The Friday night filing in Manhattan federal court comes on the heels of Mayor de Blasio’s controversial decision to shutter all city schools due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have continued to fail our children time and time again,” Borelli said in a statement. “Even though they had six months to prepare for this school year, they failed to do so and our children are forced to pay the price.”

He added, “Remote learning has proven to be a failure and now they have taken the extra step of closing the schools completely. This is utterly irresponsible and unacceptable.”

ATRocity said...

Mulgrew hasn’t lost a penny, but his acquiescence on 3/17, 3/18 and 3/19 cost lives. He is far from stupid, but often appears that way because teachers are judging him on whether or not he’s achieved what they consider teacher goals. Unbeknownst to most, Mulgrew does not work towards those goals - he works towards his own; keep dues flowing, solidify his party’s control and maintaining a full political wallet. Now his goals do sometimes accidentally and serendipitously coincide with that of the rank and file’s. I’d say its about 55% of the time, at best. I’ve come to think of Mulgrew as a non-stuttering Elmer Fudd with the slogan of, “I thought I saw a victory.”

Anonymous said...

The role of a teacher is to have summers off., work as little as possible,put lots of money in tda, be a yes man to your admins, and put 25 years in.

Anonymous said...

No, your job is to not die from covid in a school and not get pushed off a subway platform on your way to or from work.

Anonymous said...

@8:21, That’s what Weingarten and Mulgrew traded for teacher goals. Respect (from others and oneself), professionalism (in the career, workplace and from students and staff), self-fulfillment, and specific choices towards those goals were always what teachers strived for in NYC.