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House Cleaning

After the quiet launch of the blog on Friday, we’ve been informed that while people like the list of education bloggers on the left, we’re missing some NYC Teacher blogs. If you know of any education blogs written by NYC Educators, please feel free to drop us a note in the comments, or via an email to blog-at-u f t-dot-org.

We’re also going to reorganize the blogs to give education-related blogs by NYC Teachers a category of their own on the left. Feel free to inform us which blogs are written by NYC Teachers.

On the right side bar, you’ll notice that we have a mailing list specifically for this blog. If you’d like to receive periodic emails about issues discussed on the blog feel free to sign up on the list. If you are a UFT member, please make sure to register (regardless of whether you want  to receive emails about the blog) as many member services are or will soon be available over the internet.

Finally, there are two current action items taking place. The first is the fight to protect Social Security, which may be back on the congressional agenda once congress reconvenes in September.

The second is a call to action from the AFT and the AFL-CIO, asking educators, parents and supporters to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart this back to school season. The AFT has some facts about Wal-Mart as well as a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott. The UFT is also working with community groups, and other unions to fight the construction of a Wal-Mart on Staten Island. If you’re a NYC voter you can make a sizeable impact by asking the City Council to stop the race to the bottom that’s taken place in so many other communities that Wal-Mart has moved into. If you’re not in NYC, sign the AFT petition, and email a link of the NYC petition to friends and family living in the city. Bloggers can feel free to steal the graphics for their own site.



  • 1 curious
    · Aug 22, 2005 at 1:31 pm

    What does this have to do with the goal of educating children? Don’t we have enough on our hands to not distract ourselves with miscellaneous left-wing politics? Is it possible for someone to be a good teacher AND believe that Wal-Mart is a good company? Or is this union only for socialists?

    Just Curious

  • 2 Jack
    · Aug 22, 2005 at 8:54 pm

    Dear Curious: You obviously do not understand the purpose for which this weblog was intended. Wal-Marts failing its employees through heavy handed tactics, and policy making is the same thing New York City teachers are going through at the hands of our management. Management being Bloomberg,Klein,etc. Think about it because we are not socialists merely professionals who want to be recognized for what we do every single day, and have been doing for over two years without a contract. I think we are in the same boat as Wal-Mart employees and heading towards the same iceberg.

  • 3 patricia walker
    · Aug 23, 2005 at 8:25 am

    How come there is nothing in the papers about about the groups of F-status teachers who’ve been fired by Bloomberg and have rec’ved NO support from UFT “so called” president Randi. Sandi Feldman or the Late Al Shanker would not have let this happen. Nothing is being done to assist us. There isn’t even a mention of it in the Daily News. It just shows how much POWER Bloomberg and the UFT carry with the NYC newspapers: the truth won’t be printed. The sad part it will hurt our MINORITY STUDENTS in the low performing schools. I am a math educator with proven results- but i changed my license from social studies to math. Believe me the UFT did not advise me in any way when i consulted them for help. To make matters worse, each time i write Randi for help she never answers. The UFT

  • 4 a-realist
    · Aug 23, 2005 at 7:03 pm

    To edwize admin:
    Is there a method that allows a member to edit his/her comments after one has clicked and entered “submit comment?”

  • 5 Edwize Admin
    · Aug 23, 2005 at 8:30 pm

    Realist, I’m sorry there isn’t at the moment, though if we find a way to install that feature, we’ll make a quick announcement.

  • 6 dave44
    · Aug 26, 2005 at 11:15 am

    Why is the site called “EDWIZE” What’s the WIZE part? The last time I checked the world is WISE, maybe if teachers had a background in English they might deserve more respect instead of being tools of their socialist uninon who only care about union dues and not the children.

  • 7 dave44
    · Aug 26, 2005 at 11:25 am

    Make that union, not uninon…I realize commenting of poor spelling loses it’s effect when the post is misspelled.

  • 8 Jeff Kaufman
    · Aug 30, 2005 at 3:21 pm