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New York TeacherHighlights from the Dec. 17 issue of New York Teacher:

UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent an e-mail to members accusing the mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein of promoting “fake reforms, simplistic ‘solutions’ and sheer fantasy.”

The city packed more students into its classrooms for the second year in a row, a new Department of Education report confirmed, giving students less individual time and making teachers’ jobs more difficult.

Teachers, students, parents and communities reeling from Department of Education-announced school closings are fighting back and building well-organized campaigns to save their schools. UFT President Michael Mulgrew offered the union’s full support as schools reach out to political leaders and plan meetings to bring these stories to the communities.

Despite a relentless focus on test performance since Mayor Bloomberg took over the school system, New York City failed to score any significant gains in either 4th- or 8th-grade math in the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, the gold standard national achievement test.

Parents and students of the Academy of Environmental Science HS discovered that they are being “phased-out” despite a new principal they credit with helping to turn their school around.

Hundreds of angry, chanting parents, students, educators and community activists rallied outside William H. Maxwell HS in East New York, Brooklyn demanding that the school’s “phase-out” be rescinded.  Educators have earned bonuses for the past two years for meeting performance targets.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the UFT launched a new service that will help in-service members with personal challenges ranging from health and mental health to family and financial matters.

Not one dime of classroom spending was lost as Gov. David Paterson and state legislators agreed on a deficit reduction package.

The technical competence and union enthusiasm of Federation of Nurses/UFT members were on view at the chapter’s 30th annual Professional Conference.

Schools throughout the city made Thanksgiving a teachable moment — and an edible one, too!


1 Comment:

  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Dec 20, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Re. “Thanksgiving a teachable moment”
    “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”—Theodore Roosevelt 1901

    The preparation for the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Feast at P.S. 75X began in ernest on Saturday, November 21,2009. Everyone was involved. The flowing of good will permeated the large dining hall with workers busily weaving together a tapestry of lights and color. And on the eve of Thanksgiving, every corner of the room was transformed into a winter wonderland for 200 needy parents and children from the school community.

    For the P.S. 75X Family, Thanksgiving Day will be more than a feast. W.T. Purkiser reminds us : “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ”

    We thank Mrs. Marines Arrieta -Cruz, Principal for her dedication to the community. And we thank the staff and friends of P.S. 75X, who support this initiative every year. Lest we forget, on Thanksgivings Day, interdependence means survival in every society.