Also please distribute the attached flyer widely.
Class Size and School Overcrowding Citywide Trends - Here is a presentation explaining why class size is important, with data showing city
The current system, as Oliver put it, is a “shit sandwich”, while “Medicare for all who want it” is “still a shit sandwich, only with avocado on it because the same shit still remains.”.... John Oliver
American healthcare — so many ways you can choose to get fucked - I was wondering when John Oliver would get around to explaining Medicare for All, and here he is
Trump has Putin envy; Bloomberg hearts Xi Jinping. --- Ross Douthat, NYT, Feb. 15, 2020
Michael Bloomberg reminds me of no one more than Donald Trump. .. Arthur Goldstein, NYC Educator, http://nyceducator.com/2020/02/my-misogynist-anti-labor-megalomaniacal.htmlFred Smith wrote this amazing piece 4 years ago about Bloomberg beating Trump and posted it this morning.
Finally, here's something spoofy I wrote that the Daily News published in 2016 describing how Bloomberg won the presidential election that year.
In many ways, it is a blueprint that presages what we are witnessing now.Fred Smith
https://youtu.be/hVzWqGAUFeIThis is the best speech against stop-and-frisk (and Bloomberg) I've ever heard. Should be circulated to everyone you know..... from a friend
Will Jeremiah Kittredge be Bloomberg's Jared Kushner? Remember that Bloomberg will fire Betsy DeVos and replace her with Eva Moskowitz who was Trump''s first choice.A couple of interesting bits on two daughters of NY billionaires connected to ed deform. Jeremiah was head of astroturf Family for Excellent Schools (FES) and note this: "The charges stemmed from a woman’s complaint that Kittredge, during an education conference at a Washington, DC, hotel, “sticks his head in my chest” in an elevator and commented on her “big boobs,” POLITICO reported."
And does Jessica Tisch need another government job handed out by our so-called progressive mayor? (Did the Tisches give to his bogus pres campaign and is this payback - a quid pro quo?) And how funny that both Trump and James Carville call Bernie a communist - birds of a feather?
By most measures of successful urban management, Mayor Bloomberg has outperformed. His administration has presided over extensive real-estate development in the city, improved schools and reduced crime.
Bernie Sanders courted the Chicago teachers union endorsement. Here’s why it didn’t happen.... Chalkbeat
Chalkbeat reports: Shortly before Chicago teachers went on an 11-day strike this fall, Sen. Bernie Sanders headlined a rally at the union’s headquarters. The space was packed with teachers, many carrying blue “Bernie” signs. His appearance was a show of support for Chicago educators as they pushed for a contract guaranteeing higher pay, smaller class sizes, and more social workers and school nurses. And in his speech, Sanders linked his presidential bid to the union’s fight.So what happened?
The PAC/LEG committee offered no endorsement for the U.S. presidency. The last time it did was 2008 (Obama). However, the CTU E-Board recommended that we endorse Sanders for president. Note: Even if we endorse someone for president the law forbids any monetary contribution. Delegates Beth Eisenbach and Tara Stamps spoke against endorsing Sanders (International High School), Debby Pope and one other delegate spoke in favor of it before the question was called. The vote was 121 in favor, 136 against, and 28 abstentions. I voted in favor of the measure.Chicago area long-time union activist Fred Klonsky sheds some more light (click the link to read it all).
At this point Stacy Davis Gates went to the floor and motioned that the CTU take an official position of neutrality as opposed to looking like we rejected Sanders. After a short debate the House voted in favor of neutrality with one “No” vote.... Substance, February meeting of the CTU House of Delegates By George Milkowski - February 7th, 2020
Some teacher locals like Los Angeles, have moved to endorse Sanders. The Boston Teachers Union and the MA-AFT endorsed Warren, while the MTA, the largest union in the state and affiliated with the NEA has not voted on endorsement. But Chicago may be more typical. Members are divided. The endorsement process and use of political action money by the teacher unions – one out of five union members in the country are in the AFT or NEA – is in disarray. From here it seems like a case of chickens coming home to roost.... Fred Klonsky: More on union endorsements and political action money. No CTU endorsement for Bernie.After the left-leaning teacher union in Los Angeles (UTLA) endorsed Bernie last fall I expected Chicago to follow due to the similarities in the politics of the leaderships. But one of my correspondents in the CTU who opposes the leadership disagreed and kept assuring me that the CTU would endorse Warren. At that time word was floating around that Randi was favoring Warren so I expected there might be signs of Warren support. Given what I know, the CTU Ex Bd would endorse Bernie but there must be enough Warren people to create doubts. Knowing the internal politics and how Warren is viewed by many on the left as being more centrist than people think, there must be some gnashing of teeth. A vote of 136-121 is pretty close, esp with 28 abstentions. The 138 is not necessarily an anti-Bernie vote but reflects the uncertainty we are all feeling.
Now that a faction of the leadership of the union has surrendered its last pretexts at transparency and democracy.... George Schmidt on the Chicago Teachers Union, Nov. 2014, Chicago Teacher Union Update - George Schmidt in Substance and Lee Sustar in Socialist WorkerI wrote in Ed Notes: Los Angeles Teachers Endorse Bernie, Chicago May Follow, wither the UFT? -- November 18, 2019.
Biden is getting a big assist from the Cuomo-led NYS Democratic Party. Cuomo is a Biden booster — though the governor hasn’t officially endorsed him after the ex-veep stumbled through early debates.Yeah, UFT for Cuomo in 2024.
NOAA Leaders Privately Disowned Agency’s Rebuke of Scientists Who Contradicted TrumpNewly released emails show officials at NOAA told the agency’s scientists it did “not approve or support” a controversial agency statement issued after the president falsely said that Alabama was at risk from Hurricane Dorian.