EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!! MOBILIZE!!!
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New York, NY --- New York City teachers are under siege. In schools across the city… usually in hushed tones… teachers talk about their contractual rights --- rights hard-earned over many years of service: tenure; fair, objective and honest performance evaluations; the freedom to openly discuss educational issues without fear of retaliation. They worry that these rights are being gradually eroded or simply given away. After 10 years of living with a hostile, anti-union, and anti-teacher Department of Education, some educators have decided to confront this mentality head-on.
WHAT: A Public Forum on New York City Public Schools.
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 3:00-5:00pm
WHERE: CUNY Graduate Center; 365 5th Avenue; New York, NY 10016 Room 5414 (34TH ST MIDTOWN)
WHY: MORE believes that teachers can't teach --- nor can they advocate effectively for students --- in the existing culture of fear.
This forum will include a panel of accomplished educators who have bravely chosen to confront the Department of Education directly on these issues. They will tell their own stories --- stories that involve putting their own careers in jeopardy by publicly advocating for their students and suffering vicious reprisals from the system as a consequence.
Together we will consider how to push back against the culture of fear; how to challenge hostile work environments; the role of the UFT and union chapters in fighting for freedom of speech and freedom of thought; ways we can all work together to protect our rights on the job.
WHO: The Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE) – The Social Justice Caucus of the United Federation of Teachers is sponsoring this event.
Lois Weiner, Ed.D. Scholar-Activist, Author of "The Future of Our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice" & Professor of Education at New Jersey City University