Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MORE Weekly Update #73: Protest Colocations at the PEP on October 30th!

Protest Colocations at the PEP on October 30th! 

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Weekly Update #73
October 30, 2013

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Please help out with this action. Click here for quarter sheet flyers to distribute to your colleagues.
The campaign for a moratorium on test-based evaluations continues!  

Please make sure you have collected signatures on our petition from your colleagues.
Print a copy here.   Sign and share the electronic version of the petition, as well.

Petitions can be returned before November 13th (scan and email to to or send hard copies via mail to 305 E. 140th #5A, Bronx, NY, 10454). 

Support the Parent Test Boycott!

80% of Castlebridge parents opted their children out of K-2 testing.80% of families at Castlebridge elementary opted out of K-2 exams imposed by the new eval system.

Sign a petition in support of them
Read more from the Daily News, Real News Network, and Diane Ravitch.

Education News Roundup

Obama's P-Tech Visits Highlights NYC School Closure Fight

"...But inside the building that houses P-Tech is what's left of Paul Robeson High School -- as many as 50 students, three teachers, and a couple of administrators who also work in the classroom. Robeson is being phased out."

King's Scarlet Letter (by Opine I Will)

"Over the last several weeks the call for [NYS Education Commissioner] King’s resignation has increased exponentially...King must go."

NY Principal: These "Reforms" Destroy Love of Learning (Diane Ravitch Blog)

Tim Farley ("tired dad, educator, administrator") writes an open letter reflecting on the ways in which the "reform" movement is damaging K-12 education.

Cuomo Loves His Teacher Evaluation System Even If He Can't Vouch For Its Accuracy (Perdido Street School)

Unfortunately, Commissioner King isn't the only one touting flawed education "reform" policies...

MORE's Paul Hogan in The Riverdale Press: Common Sense, Not Common Core (EdNotes)

"Common Core is an added distraction and superfluous obstacle for those professionals in the trenches who are serious about bettering the lives of the young people in their charge."

Teachers Suffer, UFT Leadership Spins (NYC Educator)

"I pity the chapter leader who has to tell members facing high-stakes evaluation, 'Take a deep breath, the guys and gals at UFT did a swell job.'"

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test (Education Week)

"Democratic process is important not just so that people feel better about what happens. It yields much better decisions" (Anthony Cody)
Outraged that teachers are evaluated on tests for subjects they don't even teach?
City-wide Chapter Organizing Happy Hour!
The MORE Chapter Organizing Committee invites everyone to our city-wide Happy Hour.

Share reports about how the new teacher evaluation system is being implemented and plan resistance to this unfair and fraudulent method of evaluating teachers.

Friday, November 1st, 5pm

The Ginger Man Bar: 11 E. 36th St
(btw 5th & Madison)
Any train to Herald Sq. or 6 to 33rd St.

RSVP on Facebook!
Read more about the event and download a flyer by clicking above.  Join an ongoing support group of educators dealing with supervisory harassment by emailing 
Our Schools are Not for Sale! - Watch an 8 minute mini-documentary about the fight to defend public education in Philadelphia against massive budget cuts.
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News (announcements/articles)
Discussion (debate/back-and-forth)
Chapter Leader (discussion for chapter activists)

Sat., Nov. 16th, 12-3pm
224 West 29th St 14th fl.
(btwn 7th and 8th ave)

Chapter Organizing Committee
Happy Hour Fri., Nov. 1st, 5pm
The Ginger Man Bar
11 E. 36th St (btw 5th & Madison).

High Stake Testing Committee
Sat., Nov 2nd, 2pm
Location TBA

Steering Committee
Phone Meeting Mon. Nov. 4th, 8PM
Reply for details
Meeting minutes

Newsletter Committee
Tue., Nov. 5th, 5PM
Karavas Place

162 W 4th St @ 6th Ave

Membership Committee
Sat., Nov. 26th, 11AM - 1PM
Park Slope
Email for exact location

Media Committee

Contract Committee
Next Meeting Wed., after DA 11/20
Location TBA

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