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Mulgrew Talks Evaluations, Budget on “Up Close”

UFT President Michael Mulgrew talks about school budget cuts and using multiple measures for teacher evaluations with Diana Williams on Channel 7’s award-winning “Up Close.”



  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · May 18, 2010 at 1:13 am


    On Monday, May 17, 2010 UFTers came out en masse to protest the Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy’s proposal to approve a 4.9 million dollar contract to “recruit select train and provide job search support” to prospective teachers in the Fellow program. Jose Vargas, UFT Bronx Borough President and Margaret Borelli, UFT Special Rep. were at the forefront.

    It was indeed sad to note that during the present budget crisis, when teachers are being threatened daily with layoffs in September 2010, the wasteful spending by the DOE continues. Even Ruben Diaz, Jr, the Bronx Borough President questioned this policy. And the eloquent speeches by UFT teachers: Nelson Lucena, Lulma Villalba, Janine Garvey, and Ahkeeza Sims concurred.

    The questions continue in the UFT Video.

    David Kagansky, UFTer, states:

    Why is the DOE willing to award a $5 million dollar contract to hire new teachers at the very same time they threaten to layoff over 6,000 existing teachers?

    Why isn’t the DOE waiting for Albany to pass a budget before spending money it doesn’t have?”

    Well, I think Alice in Wonderland said it best as she fell down the Rabbit Hole: “Curiouser and curiouser.” So as we try to assess the next move by the DOE, we just must stay tuned to hear what will happen when the Panel for Educational Policy Meets on Tuesday,
    May 18, 2010, 6:00 p.m.,Long Island City High .School,14-30 Broadway, Queens, New York.

  • 2 Phyllis C. Murray
    · May 21, 2010 at 6:26 am

    When Does a Promise Become a Base Surrender of Truth?

    Phyllis C. Murray

    It has been said that a promise is a promise until it is broken. However, Mohandas Gandhi said it best: ” A breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.”

    Through the years UFTers have waged a “Keep the Promises” campaign. We have asked City Hall to keep their promises. Education Voters of New York was part of a coalition – the Keep the Promises campaign – to advocate for the restoration of the state and city education budget cuts. State and city leaders made long overdue commitments to invest the resources in our schools that children need in order to succeed. These promises were budgetary commitments, enacted into public policy, and a necessary remedy to the vast underfunding of the city and state’s public schools. (See Education Voices of New York)

    Recently, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported the following: “New York City promised in writing that it would use specific funds to reduce class size. It then turned around and ignored its promise, saying that school principals who supposedly work for the DOE simply decided to spend the money on other things – among them, to replace funds lost to city budget cuts. The result has been that class sizes have actually increased over 2007 in every grade.” And now the UFT has filed a suit against the DOE for its failure to honor its commitment to the millions of children. The NYC DOE has violated Class Size Mandates in CFE Law.

    So how will it end? George Washington once said: “In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence. ” And with Michael Mulgrew at the helm of the UFT, we are confident that we will see justice prevail.

    Phyllis C. Murray,UFT Chapter Leader
    District 8