At the first MORE meeting in September a new attendee turned to me and asked, "Why are you guys calling for a moratorium and not the abolition of this system?" I responded that the idea was to try to get something that could provide immediate relief for teachers, students and parents and use that to build momentum for a call to end Race to the Top and all the crap that comes with it.
When another new attendee said something similar a few minutes later, it began to dawn on me that maybe we -- MORE -- were tailing the sentiment of the rank and file by not calling for something stronger.
Since then events have certainly taken on a momentum of their own, with parents rising up around the state, teacher disgust running rampant, the union backtracking while still claiming the problem is the implementation.
MORE has reshuffled a bit. While still planning to present the moratorium petition signed by so many, there is a newly written resolution calling for repeal of the state law. Pie in the sky? I would have thought so 2 months ago. There is a state-wide parent uprising, including a growing opt-out movement -- which our exalted leadership views as a plague (in contrast to the Chicago Teachers Union). But if the UFT rank and file rises up and joins with MORE forcing the leadership to move in that direction becomes more feasible. REMEMBER THEIR PRIME DIRECTIVE: TO HOLD ONTO POWER AT ALL COSTS. So when they see a threat they will move the needle but to coopt and distract not a real change in policy. I have no trust they will really change.
Below is the full reso and talking points -- hard to read here but if you click this link (http://www.scribd.com/doc/185106219/MORE-Calls-for-Repeal-of-NY-State-Evaluation-Law-3012c) it is better - and you can download and share with colleagues. It is followed by the MORE Weekly Update packed with info and links to some good stuff.
If you are a delegate or chapter leader or just an interested party, meet us at the DA where MORE will present the petitions calling for a moratorium we have been circulating since the school year began. Naturally, the UFT/Unity crew has tried to co-opt the MORE move with its own call for moratoriums.
And meet outside at 6:15 to head over to some local joint for libations and celebrations.
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