Monday, October 7, 2013

MORE Weekly Update #70: Are you coming out for Win Back Wednesday?

You should be getting the idea of why you should drag your ass over the 52 Broadway this Weds (Oct 9) for the 4PM "Win Back Wednesday" rally. Certainly if you read my earlier piece on what is going on in Newark where the pressure of an insurgent social justice oriented caucus has led to the Unity style leader, who only won re-election by 9 votes, to take a position against RTTT. And you should sign up to distribute the MORE newsletter in your mail boxes. We ran out of our first run and 5000 more are being printed. My goal this year: To have 25,000 MORE Stuff in Your Mailbox going out to - well - UFT member mail boxes.

And it you are a chapter leader or delegate there is no excuse not to be in the dynamic MORE Chapter Leader (discussion for chapter activists) CL/Del listserve where you can get expert help on contract items and other issues in your school.

Time to stop the test-based evaluation system!
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Weekly Update #70
October 7, 2013

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Day of Action Against Test-Based Evaluations
Wednesday, October 9th
Outside DA @ UFT HQ
52 B'way - 4pm-6pm
City-wide at schools

3rd Saturday - Noon to 3:00pm

October 19
224 West 29th St 14th fl.
(btwn 7th and 8th ave)

November 16th
Location TBA

Contract Committee
Wed. Oct 9th at 6:15pm
Au Bon Pain - 60 Broad St.
Meeting Minutes here

Steering Committee
TODAY Mon. Oct. 7th at 8pm
Phone Conference - reply for details
Mon. Oct. 21th at 5PM
CUNY Grad Center, Rm. 5409
Meeting minutes here

Newsletter Committee

Membership Committee
Wed. Oct 9th at 6:15pm
Au Bon Pain - 60 Broad St.

Chapter Organizing Committee

Media Committee

High Stake Testing Committee
Monday, Oct. 14th, 2:00-4:00pm.
CUNY Grad Center, Rm 5414

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OCTOBER 9th Day of Action!

Check out the toolkit and stickers (PDF, doc)

Mobilize your coworkers, parents and community to take a stand against test-based teacher evals. 
  • Wear RED and stickers to work
  • Distribute this flyer to coworkers
  • Join us at the UFT Delegate Assembly at 4:00-6:00pm (52 Broadway, 4/5 to Wall St. A/C to Fulton)
  • Make copies of the flyer to distribute there (will be posted tomorrow on MORE website)
On October 9th at 4:00 p.m., activists from all over the city will gather at UFT headquarters to protest the emphasis on high stakes testing that is harming our children, educators, and public schools. Read more at

RSVP on Facebook here
High Stakes Disaster Around New York

MORE's Jia Lee and CTS' Fred Smith speak out at HST Forum in District 15.

Lisa North points out that the UFT said not to evaluate based on test scores

Almost 40% of Syracuse Teachers need improvement plan under new eval system.

Common core textbooks still not delivered to New York City schools

2500 teachers, parents and administrators protest high-stakes testing in Buffalo

Educator under attack?  Join MORE's "Don't Tread on Educators" support group by emailing

MORE's next general meeting is on

Saturday, October 19th [at 224 West 29th St 14th fl., btwn 7th and 8th ave].

Discussions will include the our campaign against the high-stakes test based evaluation system and MORE's strategy and tactics in the UFT Delegate Assembly.
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