UFT Elections 2019 – Issues – School Closings

Support schools, don’t close them:

When a school is “closed,” it does not mean that the building is locked up and emptied out. The “hidden agenda” of closing a school is to turnover the staff who is penalized for the so-called “failing” school. Often charter schools take over the space or a more successful public school takes over the space. We see this “blame the teacher” process occur over and over again. Mayor Di Blasio promised that he would be different from Michael Bloomberg and that he would support schools and not close them. However his record proves otherwise:

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, 14 struggling schools (many of whom were involved in Di Blasio’s “Renewal School” pet project) were closed.

On December 14, 2018 it was revealed that more school closures would occur at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

School closures are a national trend and research proves that closing schools hurts communities. Take a look at this visual:

UFT Solidarity is working with members of  “in danger of closing” schools, holding public rallies to support them and their students. In September 2015, we started our RAR “Request A Rally” campaign  to assist members to become proactive. UFT Solidarity will be there on the frontlines to bring attention to this growing epidemic.

 

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