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Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy is at it again with his lies. Obamacare is not effective. Medicare is not in better shape than pre-Obama.
So there are more than 3,500 classes above the contractual limit [New York Teacher, Oct. 2]. What exactly is the legal hurdle to getting more room to create smaller classes? It’s clear that lower student-to-teacher ratios would equate with a higher success rate. So what’s up? Why does it happen so often?
The charter school TV ad shows that now more than ever we need to stick together. Infighting within our union is exactly what these “deformers” want. They want to break up our unions.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s new evaluation system for schools comes as a relief for those in the trenches. It is about time to put the joy back into the schools for both the teachers and the students. It should be fun, not paranoia.
Regarding the article headlined “History lesson” about the teachers who used a grant to visit Japan to develop a curriculum on World War II: I would not be writing this email had those two bombs not been used.
The questions and discussions of how teachers are to be evaluated has awkwardly silenced the real question that needs to be asked: How can teachers be helped?
I am a pupil accounting secretary. If charter schools are public schools, then why do they send back students to the school I work in who have behavior issues or learning disabilities or language barriers? If charter schools are public schools, why are their books closed to the public?
Regarding the story about the agreement reached to reduce paperwork [Oct. 2]: Only teachers can make the necessary changes in their schools. Tell your union reps. Band together. Invite your district representative in. Do whatever it takes!
I have often wondered why there has never been a study involving teachers who transfer between poorly rated schools and highly rated ones. It would be interesting to have a study that placed a number of teachers from successful schools into failing schools and transferred an equal number of teachers from failing schools into successful schools. What would be the progress of these students?
My students always did very well on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition test; the conclusion one could take from such data was that I was a very successful teacher.
September was Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The death rate from prostate cancer is 23.0 per 100,000 and from breast cancer 22.6 per 100,000 per year. Very similar statistics and yet the funds allocated for breast cancer research are almost three times the amount allotted for prostate cancer research, and the amount of publicity related to prostate cancer pales compared to the publicity related to breast cancer.
We need more support for public schools, not two school systems, where charter schools siphon resources and space from public schools.
Regarding the most recent anti-tenure lawsuits, the UFT saved due process 46 years ago when we went out on strike for three months. We will save it today when the fight takes place in the court.
Regarding your Linking to Learning column [Sept. 4 issue] on technology-based projects: First, we need people in power who not just understand the potential of technology, but who possess the vision to broadly and purposefully implement it.
Michael Mulgrew is not a bully. Mulgrew is a Staten Island resident who experienced the same grief that all of us went through when we saw the tragic death of Eric Garner.
I reached out to the Peer Intervention Program in August 2013. During the preceding school year, I had experienced difficulties in a new assignment.
I disagree with the proposed changes to the specialized high schools’ admissions process [“Fairer admissions sought for specialized high schools,” June 26].
In response to your article “The destruction of New Orleans’ public school system” [June 26]: Something wicked this way comes.
I’m glad that the UFT took part in the Pride March on June 29.