It is with little surprise that at last night's Executive Board meeting UFT President, Michael Mulgrew, defended the union's position not to take a stand against the basely flawed Common Core high-stakes testing. That's right, our disconnected union leadership has defied the will of its members and supports the Common Core based State tests. It seems to matter little that the vast majority of teachers oppose the "junk science" used to evaluate them and bring fear and loathing to the students. For its all about Michael Mulgrew's vision and not what's best for his members or the school children of the City.
Let's look at all the issues that Michael Mulgrew supports that's against the wishes of his teachers.
Support and funding for Al Sharpton's race baiting demonstrations at the expense of our fellow union members in the police department. Here.
Defending the high-stakes Common Core tests by claiming he will punch anyone in the face if they attack his Common Core.
Negotiated an inferior contract and threw the ATRs under the bus by making them second class citizens.
Refused to support Zepher Teachout by forcing the Working Family Party to support Cuomo for Governor. How did that work out Mikey?
Hugged Carmen Farina and claimed there's a new tone at the DOE. I guess we are all tone deaf since we don't hear it.
How can he declare victory when the reality is Governor Cuomo got almost all he asked for in the new budget. Remember this?
In a rebuke to the anti-public-school agenda of hedge-fund billionaires, the state Legislature tonight reached agreement on a new budget and a package of education proposals that will immediately increase aid to public schools, ensure that teacher evaluations do not hinge on state test scores and ensure local oversight of struggling schools.
Just two months ago, Gov. Cuomo proposed a series of education proposals that amounted to a declaration of war on public schools. His plan was to use the incredible leverage he holds in the state budget process to ram through his plan. And now all of our hard work is paying dividends. The governor’s Draconian agenda has, in large part, been turned back. We want to thank the Assembly and the Senate for standing up for our schools and school communities.
Finally, he not only refused to support the "opt out" movement but defined the badly flawed high-stakes Common Core tests. by saying the following at the executive board meeting when it was brought up.
At last night’s Executive Board Regina Gori (New Action), Chapter Leader of the Brooklyn New School (with a 90% opt out rate) asked how the union was planning to help teachers of conscience who did not administer state tests. The response was sharp.
- Refusing a direct instruction from your supervisor is insubordinate
- If we test less than 95% of our students, we could lose Title 1, Title 2, and Title 3 funding, which would cost jobs.
- Our allies in the Civil Rights Movement want annual testing. It has helped us learn where the system has problems.