Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Deja Vu: Another Victory for the UFT!

  I got an email yesterday from Bad, Bad LeRoy Barr touting yet again an incredible victory by the UFT. Teacher's Choice has been increased to $122! A horrible contract, charter schools, Cuomo, daily attacks by the NY Post on DeBlasio and Farina (because they are preceived as being teacher friendly) and the dude who publicly refused ATRs their own chapter sends out this asinine email :

We hope you are enjoying your summer.
Every year, you and other New York City educators spend money out of your own pockets on materials you need to do your job in the coming school year.
We’re pleased to tell you that thanks to your advocacy efforts we have won a 62 percent overall increase in the Teacher's Choice funding to $9.65 million to help cover these expenses in the 2015–16 school year. Through social media and member lobbying, you helped to show the City Council the direct impact of Teacher's Choice on student learning. 
The amount for teachers has increased to $122 for the coming school year. We know that many of you spend several times this amount every year on materials. The increase this year will help to offset some of your expenses.
As in previous years, to participate in Teacher’s Choice, you will need to submit receipts as proof of purchase. These receipts must accompany a Statement of Purpose/Accountability form, which you will find under key documents on the DOE’s Teacher’s Choice website. Purchases must be made between Aug.1, 2015 and Jan. 8, 2016 to qualify for Teacher's Choice.
For more information, please see the Teacher’s Choice section of the UFT website.
LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler
Staff Directors

   I understand that when a situation is as abysmal as ours even the slightest good news could rally the troops. The only problem is no one is fighting. There's an appearance that the UFT is completely disconnected from what's happening, and worse is allowing it via their inaction. An email like this one only bolsters that view.

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