|The DOE gives principals a blueprint, what does the Unity/UFT give you?|
Hearing silence, I will continue. In fact UFT middle management either stands with the principals and superintendents or at best urges "find a way to get along."
MORE's summer series of 3 events (July 6, Aug 3, Aug 31) are focused on gut-level problems teachers are facing in their schools, mostly from abusive principals. I have been part of the crew at MORE pushing for some kind of chapter leader support group since the Unity Caucus led UFT has left so many of them hanging, especially since its cozy relationship to Farina, de Blasio and the CSA (supervisor union).
I envision this event as a sort of workshop where experienced people can advise others.
So even if experienced come on down to the Dark Horse this Wed at 3PM and lend a hand.
Look, MORE can only do so much -- analyze the situation and then help people formulate a plan to organize their school to fight a principal. Sometimes when I analyze a situation the best advice I can give is it is a losing battle so get out. But if there is a staff ready to fight - like our friends at Central Park East, then let's figure out how. It takes a lot of resources from a small group like MORE to support people in the schools --
MORE's new HS Exec Bd member Mike Schirtzer has taken charge of this event and that is a good thing since Mike gets it. I look forward to seeing him on the board.
Here is the MORE announcement:
Questions, problems, lack of support from the UFT leadership?
Your principal and APs have a plan developed with the DOE. You need a plan too!
Attend this MORE workshop on August 3 (3-6PM at the Dark Horse, 17 Murray Street NYC – downstairs).Bring your colleagues and friends too!Long-time MORE/New Action chapter leaders will analyze your situation and help you develop a strategy to fight back.We will do case studies of various schools since each school is different.How can you navigate the UFT/DOE structures by working with your members, staff, parents, local politicians and using the press.How MORE can assist in not allowing the UFT to get away with ignoring the problems in your schools.Holding the district rep and other union officials accountable.Cataloguing and publishing the pattern of lack of responses from the union and the DOE.https://www.facebook.com/events/570940976401102/
Principals come in with a plan – a blueprint – whether from the Leadership Academy – or advice from DOE Legal or from reading Machiavelli’s 16th century The Prince. Or maybe they are trained in the Art of War, an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the 5th century BC. They are often more interested in playing the power game, not education.Teachers, especially chapter leaders who resist and become a major target – must deal with a UFT/Unity Caucus leadership that provides few if any tools or blueprints on how to counter these assaults.While MORE has limited resources, we must jump into the breach and do what we can. At the very least people under attack should not feel they have to battle alone.