Friday, May 06, 2016
Francesco Portelos For UFT President - MORE/NAC For Leadership Positions
I have finally made my decision between MORE/NAC's Jia Lee and Solidarity's Francesco Portelos and after much deliberation, I have decided that Francesco Portelos would be the better candidate to represent members like me. I carefully decided on Franceso Portelos over Jia Lee for the following reasons:
First, Francesco has been through DOE hell, that is targeted by a vindictive Principal who was eventually forced to retire. and rather than cower and take a deal, went through with his open and public 3020-a hearing. I went through a similar experience and have the up most respect for people who fight the DOE and win. Moreover, he best understands what ATRs are going through with field assassins and impossible demands as he is one himself.
Second, Francesco offered the two other candidates an opportunity to debate the issues but was turned down by the arrogant Michael Mulgrew and Jia Lee. That is a real negative with me when somebody wants my vote and fails to defend their positions on the issues.
Third, unlike the other two candidates, Francesco stands for teacher justice and not muddle the message with the "social justice" baloney. In fact Jia Lee's caucus calls itself the "social justice caucus". Just look at the restorative justice fiasco going on in schools that have resulted in 32% fewer suspensions but made far too many schools unsafe.
Fourth, the toolbox is an invaluable creation by Francesco Portelos and is used by many of us.
Finally, Francesco has been able to foil information that the DOE and UFT want to keep secret such as the amount of ATRs, the reemergence of the "rubber rooms", and the creation of the Administrator in need of improvement information on his Solidarity caucus blog.
Do I think Francesco is perfect? No, he has his faults but don't we all? In voting for Francesco, I will not be voting for any other Solidarity candidate since I do not know them and don't know what they actually stand for. Therefore, for the UFT Leadership positions and Executive Board I will be voting for MORE/NAC and hopefully they win the high schools from the UNITY machine. Once I get my ballot I will post my picks.