Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sharing Budget Information with Your UFT Chapter Leader: A Tale of Two Spins

From the Principal’s Weekly: Sept 16

Sharing Budget Information with Your UFT Chapter Leader

All schools

An arbitrator recently determined that, under Article 8(C) of the Teachers’ Contract, chapter leaders and other union representatives are not entitled to the full view of a school’s budget on the Galaxy Table of Organization. The arbitrator determined that principals in all schools must provide their chapter leader and chapter committee with a copy of the School Leadership Team view of the Galaxy Table of Organization at the opening of the school year in September and before the end of the school year in June. Principals should continue to consult with their chapter committees regarding use of school allocations and any budget modifications. If you have any questions regarding this issue, contact Kellie Walker at or (212) 374-5398.

From the UFT Chapter Leader Update: Sept 18 ________________________________________________________________________________

Chapter leaders have right to view budget at beginning of school year: An arbitrator has ruled in favor of our union-initiated grievance demanding a fuller view of school budgets. Some principals have been denying chapter leaders a detailed Galaxy view of their school budgets, also referred to as the School Leadership Team view. The School Leadership Team view allows chapter leaders to see important details about the budget, such as how positions are funded, and categories of per diem, per session and OTPS spending. The arbitrator ordered the DOE to require principals to give chapter leaders access to the School Leadership Team/Galaxy view twice a year – before the end of June and again at the beginning of the next school year. In addition, principals must give chapter leaders a copy of budget modifications they make during the school year. You can read the decision here


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