Friday, February 20, 2015

MORE in The Amsterdam News on Unity rejection of Anti-Testing Resolution

The governor’s plan also has New York City teachers angry. A caucus of United Federation of Teachers members, calling themselves the Movement of Rank and File Educators, said that public education is in danger and even labeled Cuomo “anti-public education.” In an emailed statement, the group also asked Cuomo to visit their schools and speak with the children, parents and teachers about the issues that matter to them the most. They also talked about what they feel is an overemphasis on standardized testing.
“Unfortunately, our UFT leadership does not feel the same,” read the statement. “Our caucus, the Movement of Rank and File Educators, raised the ‘I Refuse’ resolution at the February 11 UFT Delegate Assembly. It calls for union opposition to standardized high stakes testing that is currently pushed by the federal and state governments, because this testing is not being used to further instruction for children, to help children or to support the educational needs of children. The UFT leadership voted against this resolution.”
The statement concluded, “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions!”....

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