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MORE Weekly Update Fwd: Marches, Panels, Happy Hour, Petitions & MORE!

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  • Norm Scott
    ... From: MORE Caucus Date: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM Subject: Marches, Panels, Happy Hour, Petitions & MORE! To: Norm
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      From: MORE Caucus <more@...>
      Date: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM
      Subject: Marches, Panels, Happy Hour, Petitions & MORE!
      To: Norm <normsco@...>

      Join us for our Holiday Happy Hour on Dec. 7th and our general meeting on Dec 15th to discuss fighting school closings!
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      Movement of Rank and File Educators - MORE - The social justice caucus of the UFTFollow on Twitter Friend of Facebook
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      The Social Justice Caucus of the UFT
      Weekly Newsletter #35 - December 1, 2012
      Norm !
      Help stop the Charter Invasion of the Washington Irving Campus!

      At 6pm on December 10th, there will be a public hearing about the proposed colocation of Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy chain in the Washington Irving High School campus. Join a demonstration to show you support for the public schools in the campus at 4:15 in Union Square, and speak out at the hearing that begins at 6pm in the school at 40 Irving Place.
      If you can't attend the hearing and rally be sure to
      click here to sign the petion.

      Public Forum: High Stakes Testing: Helping or Hurting Education?

      December 10, 2012, 6pm
      The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center 3940 BROADWAY @ 165 STREET (A/C/1 trains to 168th Street station)

      Find out how testing is affecting schools in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood, and examine if they are serving the best interests of our students, including special populations and ELL students. Can alternative assessments and more balanced testing policies measure achievement and promote more meaningful “accountability”?

      Panelists: MORE's Secretary Candidate Brian Jones, Dr. Pedro Noguera, Senior Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky (additional panelist TBA)

      Moderator: Juan Gonzalez

      Click here for more information.

      Check out MORE's Fall membership drive!

      Please consider joining MORE, the social justice caucus of the UFT. Download our membership toolkit to help spread the word and recruit your coworkers.

      First, check out and distribute the first issue of our newsletter, MORE News - chock full of resources and information for your coworkers! Also, check out these news items:

      • MORE members discuss racial inequities in specialized high schools.

      • Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis calls out fake education reform by Duncan and Emanuel while the mayor sits in attendance. 

      • The blog Accountable Talk ask the tough quesion of the Unity Caucus. 

      Upcoming Events:

      General Meeting 
      Focus: Stop School Closures!
       - Sat. 12/15
       - 12-3pm
      Location: TBA
      Reply before 12/8 for childcare

      Winter Retreat 
       - Fri. 12/28
       - 10am-4pm
       - 180 LaSalle

      Election Cmte
        - Mon. 12/3
        - 4:30PM
        - Cosi (55 Broad St)

      Platform Cmte
        - Thur. 12/6
        - 5:30PM
        - Reply for location

      Happy Hour
        - Fri. 12/7
        - 4 to 7 pm
        -  7710 3rd Ave
      Bayridge Brooklyn
      (Btwn. 77th & 78th)

      Charter Co-Location Hearing
        - Mon. 12/10
        - 6pm (Hearing)
        - 4:15 pm (March)
        - 40 Irving Place

      High Stakes Testing Panel
        - Mon. 12/10
        - 6pm
        - Broadway @ 168th Street

      Future MORE General Meetings
       - 1/26
       - 2/9


      Be sure that you have signed the petition calling for a democratic vote on the impending test-based evaluation system?

      Please take 2 minutes to do so now, and spread the work about the petition on Facebook.

      If you can, download the petition and the accompanying educational leaflet to to distribute to your coworkers.
      Come out to the November 28th Delegate Assembly at 52 Broadway to help support the petitioning effort and related resolution. UFT members only are asked to sign.
      Read the latest from LI Principal Carol Burris on the nonsense surrounding teacher evaluations

      We will be running in the spring of 2013 UFT elections!
      Come celebrate with us
      meet some of our top slate & executive board Candidates

      Friday December 7th from 4-7pm
      The Harp Irish Pub
      7710 3rd Ave Bay Ridge Brooklyn (Between 77th + 78th Streets)
      3.50 domestic beer/well drinks
      4.00 imported beer/call drinks
      (Absolut, Jameson, Jack Daniels, Stoli)
      Free appetizers
      While a good many of us have re-covered from Sandy, we know that there are a lot of families needing support.  In order to support these families, MORE has endorsed the efforts of Occupy Sandy Relief NYC in the recovery efforts and is asking all our members to direct their donations and volunteer time to them.

      To make monetary donations online, click here

      To order items for the effort please visit the "Occupy Sandy Wedding registry"

      Lost vacation days...

      As you probably have heard, The DOE and UFT announced Monday that school will be in session during Feb 20-22.

      Authur Goldstein, CL at Francis Lewis HS, wrote to Mulgrew before the deal was made.  With permission, we have republished on our website

      Dear Mr. Mulgrew:

      I was somewhat dismayed by your letter stating we must make up days in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I’m a little shocked...Read more...

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      Norm Scott

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