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UFT Delegate Assembly rejects Bloomberg merit pay plan

The members of the Delegate Assembly, the highest policy-making body of the UFT, on Feb. 15 roundly rejected Mayor Bloomberg’s call for an individual merit pay plan for New York City public schools.

In a voice vote, more than 1,000 delegates from high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and other union units unanimously adopted a resolution that said “studies conducted by prominent researchers and renowned education experts show that individual merit pay plans have not helped to significantly improve student achievement in any of the United States school districts where they have been implemented.”

It went on to note that “there are no factors or conditions unique to New York City today indicating any reasons to think that a new individual merit pay scheme would somehow work here; therefore be it RESOLVED that the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) oppose any plans by Mayor Bloomberg or the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to impose or implement an individual merit pay system for the city’s public school educators.”

In his State of the City speech last month, Bloomberg called for a $20,000 merit pay proposal for teachers rated “highly effective” two years in a row. On January 20, in a speech in Washington, D.C., Bloomberg said he was confident that if New York City teachers were allowed to decide the matter for themselves, they would support it.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said: “Delegates representing every part of the teachers union got a chance to have their voice heard on this issue and their message is clear — individual merit pay hasn’t worked and doesn’t work for schools and kids.”

Read the resolution >>

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