Written and edited by Norm Scott:
EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!! MOBILIZE!!!
Three pillars of The Resistance – providing information on current ed issues, organizing activities around fighting for public education in NYC and beyond and exposing the motives behind the education deformers. We link up with bands of resisters. Nothing will change unless WE ALL GET INVOLVED IN THE STRUGGLE!
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