Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jia Lee at Stronger Together Conference in Long Island Saturday, Jan. 9

Restoring Power to the Teacher
I'm getting up early on Saturday to go to this. Jia Lee and Beth Dimino and others too.

Event Description

Join us!
Come together with us for a day of organizing and engagement over the issues that matter most to New York’s public school teachers.  Hear from a panel of education activists and participate in focused workshops run by rank and file teachers and public education activists as we discuss how to “Restore Power to the Teacher” through a bottom up, member driven union movement!  STCaucus members and leaders will be on hand along with activists from the Young Teachers Collective and Labor Notes!  All are welcome to attend!
Babysitting will be available!
When
Where
JFK Middle School - 200 Jayne Boulevard Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 - View Map
James Eterno comments:
Figure out some way to get out there because Stronger Together is the statewide opposition to Michael Mulgrew's Unity Caucus and MORE, the main UFT opposition to Unity, will be part of it too. It's a great team.
Jia's campaign was highlighted this morning in POLITICO NY's EDUCATION DAY:
"THAT OTHER 2016 RACE—United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew is up for re-election this spring and, as in previous years, he’ll have a challenger from the opt-out movement. This year, Jia Lee, a UFT chapter leader at the Earth School in Manhattan will run against Mulgrew. Lee is an active member of the opt-out movement and raised a resolution for a vote of no confidence against State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia last year. "
OPT-OUT LEADER TO CHALLENGE MULGREW FOR UFT PRESIDENT

Interesting that the press is framing Jia's candidacy as opt-out vs Mulgrew. 
I'm speaking to a reporter tomorrow about the issue.

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