TEACHERS DOING ADMIN'S JOB
7. The union is holding firm on ATRs: The DoE has to manage hiring better, it's not our fault. (See below what TJC has to say on ATRs.)
. . . .We must fight back now, by taking back our union on October 8th.
For months, Keith Johnson has allowed Bobb’s propaganda offensive to go unopposed day after day. Instead of standing up for the DFT membership, and telling Detroit the truth about Bobb’s attacks, Johnson has acted as Bobb's lieutenant.
"Do it with us, not to us" has been Johnson's pathetic motto since that day last spring when he and [our girl] AFT President Randi Weingarten shared the stage with Bobb at Cobo Hall. In other words, instead of fighting for real improvements in schools, Johnson wants us to become willing participants in our own demise . . .
But DFT members don't have to accept this! . . .
The people of Detroit do not want their public schools turned into charters, or their teachers turned into at-will employees with no rights. They simply want the kind of resources and real school improvements that Detroit teachers have always demanded when we have fought back.
And Bobb is much weaker than he pretends. The truth is that he cannot proceed in his efforts without DFT complicity at the negotiating table, and without the illusion of popular support he hopes to obtain if he can lie and cheat his way to winning passage of Proposal S in November.
First, we must defeat any contract vote that involves either of the two main tactics currently being used against teachers in contract negotiations in other large US cities – (1) weakening of seniority and other related key contractual protections; (2) a divide-and-conquer agreement that destroys protections at some schools (variously called the “Superintendent’s schools,” “Centers of Excellence” or other such nonsense) in order to pave the way for destroying rights at all schools shortly thereafter.
“Reformers” such as Bobb and US Secretary of Education Duncan want to turn the teaching profession into a revolving door, where people work for two or three years and then burn out or get kicked out. Bobb and Duncan’s real priority isn’t educating students; it’s cutting public school budgets and converting education into a for-profit industry. Student success requires a stable workforce of dedicated, experienced, professional educators. Seniority must be defended!
The whole plan behind S is to open new schools that are run under the charter school model -- curriculum stripped of everything but rote learning and no electives, revolving door of teachers who have no rights, etc.. These “Superintendent’s Schools” or “Centers of Excellence” will get all the resources. The other schools will be run into the ground all the faster.
NEW YORK CITY
A great report on what's going on in NYC: Did Bloomberg Flunk?
It's by political scientist Brian d'Agostino, former teacher and CL.
Principal: "Did the teacher threaten to hit you"?
Principal": Did you think the teacher could hit you"?
Principal: So you were scared that the teacher could hit you"?
Student: "I guess so".
TJC and ICE JOINT SLATE in the March UFT elections__,
ICE's full platform on: http://uftelections2010.blogspot.com/
CONTRACT ALERT: DEFEND OUR ATRS!
More than 1,500 UFT members are now ATRs: second class union members whose professional rights are being violated every day. The DOE and the Mayor have worked hard to create this crisis. Without any justification, they stigmatized these colleagues as bad teachers, allowed principals to hire new, inexperienced teachers, trained new classes of "Teaching Fellows," and blocked a retirement incentive that would have opened up positions.