- Shades of 1975 - Part 1 - The Coming Crisis for NYC Teachers and Students - the Plague is not the only problem
- Shades of 1975 - Part 2: The Noblest Strike of Them All, I Run for UFT Delegate and am attacked for my politics
By the way - the UFT/AFT is an arm of the Democratic Central Committee and acts accordingly and with the same mindset that makes them both reject medicare for all in favor of Cobra plans -- and watch them tell the laid off who will lose health care how best to get COBRA (see Pelosi 3 trillion buck plan where laid off pay to COBRA) - which supports the health insurance industry -- which the UFT/AFT has ties too - if you want an explanation.
Anyway - back to the issue of layoffs. Obviously the untenured are in the most danger - and if the membership is asked to vote on anything they also will they lose their right to vote since they will no longer be UFT members?
Of particular note was this news for untenured teachers.
... as a grueling school year nears its end, some New Jersey teachers are receiving a cruel reward: A pink slip, courtesy of the crushing economic weight of the crisis.Facing a Friday deadline to notify those teachers who won’t be brought back next year, many districts have already told non-tenured educators they won’t be offered a contract for the fall until schools know just how badly their finances will be hurt by COVID-19, said Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.And those decisions might only be a precursor to a summer of painful budget cuts forced by an almost certain decrease in state funding.With so much uncertainty ahead, some districts decided to take the cautious approach of telling non-tenured teachers they can’t offer them a new contract right now, but schools will try to bring them back when funding becomes clearer, Bozza said.The New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, called for a cooperative response with lawmakers, similar to the deal the NJEA recently struck to lower state and local health care costs. [Norm interpretation - let us be partners in how to make these cuts. Exactly what the UFT and NYSUT will do].And then there’s the possibility of more federal relief money, which is either a lifesaver or a political pipe dream depending on whom you ask. [Norm comment - the UFT insiders report the thinking is there will be a bailout -- magical thinking -- since there is no plan B].
And for a brief diversion on how incompetent Cuomo and de Blasio were - it took me a half hour to read this amazing piece of reporting from Pro Publica (Thanks Leonie for tweeting this out and ruining my appetite for breakfast).
Thorough analysis of the excessive spending at DoE schools Including unnecessary contracts, consultants making $425 per hour & twice as much spending on mid-level bureaucrats than in 2014. Particularly peculiar: a bunch of new pricey desk hires added to supervise phys ed in schools in March when phys ed no longer happening in schools.
- Interviews with teachers and a review of internal emails uncovered a pattern of city education officials playing down the threat of COVID-19 from before schools shuttered to after the start of remote learning. In between, some teachers were brought back for training in buildings where colleagues had reported testing positive for COVID-19.
- Last month, we reported that some parents waiting to get remote-learning equipment for their kids instead received visits from child welfare investigators. Now Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is demanding the purging of any records of those probes.