United Federation of Teachers sues in effort to block closure of 19 city schools
- NAACP may also join the suit...http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/02/01/2010-02-01_uft_to_sue_over_school_closings.htmlUnited Federation of
Teachers sues in effort
to block closure of 19
BY Meredith Kolodner
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, February 1st 2010, 4:00 AM
The city's teachers union will file a lawsuit Monday
in a bid to block the closure of 19 schools -
ramping up its already antagonistic relationship
with City Hall.
The United Federation of Teachers lawsuit accuses
the city of violating the state mayoral control law by
failing to account for the impact of the shutdowns
on the community.
Advocates complained last week that the Education
Department did not give proper notice about
replacement schools before the Panel for
Educational Policy voted Wednesday to approve the
The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People was in talks about joining the
lawsuit, sources said. NAACP officials refused to
A UFT lawsuit last year over the proposed closure of
three other schools led the city to abandon its
plans. None of those schools is on the closure list
this year, having all received A's on recent city
report cards.Schools Chancellor Joel Klein defended the 19
closures yesterday - and slammed the UFT for
feeding the frenzy at the raucous meeting at which
they were approved.
"There are a lot of other people stirring this up,"
Klein said on Channel 7. "A lot of people who spoke
at that meeting were union leaders and chapter
UFT President Michael Mulgrew acknowledged the
union provided 50 buses for parents and teachers
to travel to the Brooklyn meeting, but he denied that
the thousands who attended were pushed by the
union. "The fact that teachers and the community
were standing together, that's what should be the
takeaway for the chancellor," Mulgrew said.
The UFT is in a protracted contract dispute with the
Mayor Bloomberg said last week the union would
have to accept 2% pay raises up to a maximum of
$1,400 - or face 2,500 layoffs.