Once again I nominate UFT President Michael Mulgrew for the Golden Turkey award. His poor negotiating skills resulted in inadequate raises, no reduction in class size caps, and the continuation of Danielson that is a weapon for vindictive administrators . Moreover, he failed to end the ATR pool or even make significant progress to improve the ATR environment. In addition, he refuses to target vindictive and/or incompetent principals. Finally, his failure to get the DOE to eliminate Fair Student Funding that discriminates against veteran teachers is a crime.
Republican State Senate:
Goodbye and good riddance as the Republicans lost control of the NYS Senate. The Republicans would hold up many bills to improve public education by demanding the creation of more charter schools. With Democrats in control of the legislature, more money should be funneled to the public schools and the charter school cap should be frozen. Of course there's still Governor Cuomo to deal with.
Most were defeated and while in control of the State Senate, they supported charter schools as they cooperated with the Republicans.who limited resources to the public schools in urban areas. Of course, there's still the Governor.
The Union Of Rank And File Educators (MORE) UFT caucus has essentially self destructed by expelling or encouraging the more moderate members of the caucus to leave as they have veered sharply to the left. MORE support social justice while ignoring teacher justice issues and has alienated the moderates who feel unrepresented in the Socialist/Communist dominated MORE This breakup for ideological reasons will probably cost the MORE organization the high school executive board seats in next year's UFT election.