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Outsmarted by Michael Mulgrew

December 16, 2020 pm31 6:56 pm

I submitted a resolution to move away from blended learning last month. It was next on the agenda, 3 minutes left in the motions period, and they didn’t even tell me to get ready to speak. Mulgrew filibustered away the full 3 minutes.

So I was going to reintroduce the resolution this month.

Background – The UFT/DoE blended learning plan never made much sense pedagogically. It was going to disorganize teaching when we needed to be more organized than usual.

But until today, the UFT leadership had been strongly committed to blended learning. They adopted it as the union’s position – without ever putting it up for a vote.

So I was going to reintroduce it. But I got outsmarted.

I never got the email to submit a resolution, I thought, so I wrote to Leroy Barr and asked what was up. He told me it had been emailed on Sunday.

Sunday? What? I looked through my old emails. And found it.

The email came on Sunday. I opened it. I did not recognize it as the email to submit resolutions. Bad on me.

Here it is:

See. I got outsmarted.

Consolation prize – for the first time since May I heard Mulgrew raising some doubts about blended (it is at the root of all of our operational complaints. Well, he didn’t blame blended, he blamed the DoE for not being able to implement blended. But that’s just face-saving. This time the problem was blended, not the DoE.)

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