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Reorganization agreement?

April 20, 2007 pm30 3:36 pm

I came home this evening to find that there is some sort of agreement about reorganization. First, here’s the text I found:

Union, parents, city reach agreement on reorganization

New York City teachers, parents and students have finally been heard.

The UFT and our coalition partners have come to an agreement with the city on some of the most troubling issues in the DOE’s latest reorganization plan, including school funding, tenure, class size, parent engagement, ELL funding and a middle school strategy.

We believe the agreement, which was announced at a Thursday (April 19) afternoon press conference, will protect members and avert the destabilizing effect of the new funding formula on schools.

In addition, the agreement will give educators, parents and others a continuing voice in decision-making through several new central committees and revitalized School Leadership Teams.

UFT President Randi Weingarten said she still has qualms about some aspects of the reorganization. She said, “We believe in additional funds for the kids traditionally left behind, but not at the expense of schools that work. This agreement eliminates all the economic incentives to destabilize good schools.”

(continued beneath the fold —>)

In light of the agreement, we are calling for a special meeting of the Delegate Assembly on Tuesday, April 24, at 4:15 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway to discuss the next steps in our work.

A couple of notes:

  1. I got home last night, this was in my e-mail, twice, both from the UFT Communications Department (under the staff director’s name), and a cut and pasted copy from my DR (thanks for keeping us current)
  2. The details are missing, and I can’t find a pointer to the full text of the agreement.

It’s great that the notice went out to Chapter Leaders so quickly, but our members will want to know what is in the (proposed? done?) agreement, not a general statement that says “The UFT … come to an agreement with the city on some of the most troubling issues in the … reorganization …” and “this agreement will protect members and avert the destabilizing effect of the new funding formula on schools.”

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