The reaction of the UFT under both Bloomberg and the mayor’s controlled DOE has been consistent: join in the accolades and ignore the pleas of teachers for an honest system. Former UFT president once bragged that the increase in scores was due to the work of teachers and therefore they deserved a raise when Bloomberg was balking at a contract. I warned Randi about that slippery slope – that if scores go down, do teacher salaries get cut?
The UFT is in a difficult place. The pressures on teachers by administrators is intense. Their recourse should be the UFT but in the absence of that option they will go to the press, in particular the NY Post which has an agenda that is not in our best interests and aims to take down the DOE and de Blasio and also casts shade on us as a union, especially with those teachers who come to feel the UFT functions as an apologizer for the DOE. We know the hypocrisy of the Post which advocates closing schools that are deemed failures. Many teachers are perfectly satisfied to go along since high grades and grad rates also make them look good. If we brag about how well schools are doing as UFT President Mulgrew often does, we don't look very good when these stories put all progress into doubt.