The NY Times published an attack on teacher tenure earlier in the week in an editorial and today the NY Post followed up with a sensationalized PERV TEACHER story that is meant to drive the "Reform Tenure" narrative and bring about political action.
The attacks on teacher tenure/due process here in NY State have begun in earnest.
What is the UFT/AFT response to these attacks?
Do they have any?
I have an idea or two as a response that I'll write about at length in coming days, but they're nothing you haven't heard before.
It's important for teachers unions and teachers groups to partner with parents and parent groups to engender good will and understanding within the state, the cities and the communities.
Attacks on teachers and due process protections are less likely to work, no matter how well funded they are, if teachers unions and teachers groups are partnered with parents and parent groups on issues in which they have mutually shared interests - like calling for lower class sizes, like fighting for more funding for education, like opposing Common Core, like the fight against Endless Testing.
Alas, our union leadership doesn't do the best job of outreach to even its own members, let alone parents and others outside the union.
On some of those issues - like CCSS and testing - they're on the other side from many parents and parent groups (and teachers, for that matter!)
So I don't see a whole helluva lot coming from the union leadership that gives me confidence that we can fight the coming attacks against tenure and due process protections here in New York.
What say you?
Any ideas how the unions should counter the coming attacks?
Any ideas how teachers can do it even when they're union leadership is either too inept, incompetent or uncaring to do it for them?