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The UFT officialdom has not been educating our members and communities about this ongoing privatization with charter schools and its union-busting of all school workers. Instead the UFT has supported charter schools and already has two charters of their own inside public school buildings. Also, the UFT supports Green Dot Charters that deny tenure rights! It will be up to the UFT members, united with our school communities, to build the necessary grassroots fightback organization.
Instead of promoting GEM's and the Emergency Coalition to Stop School Closings' important community work, UFT officials have sought to undermine our work by telling teachers and parents not unite with GEM. The UFT officials threaten to take away many perks (e.g. paying for UFTconvention expenses), jobs and other "carrots" to keep members from defecting from their complicity Mayor Bloomberg-Obama-Bush privatization agenda, the "Race to the S-TOP Public Education!"
Protest at Bloomberg's House on Jan. 21 and on Jan. 26th at Chancellor Klein's PEP (Puppets of Education Panel) Meeting where 22 school closings will be voted on.
Commentary by Angel Gonzalez.