Bulletin Boards Have Become Big Paperwork Violations, So Let’s All Grieve

School Bulletin Board  Issues

School Bulletin Board Issues

Bulletin boards originally came about to showcase great students work, avoid taping to bare tiled walls and of course, covering up countless bare school brick and mortar walls.

Back when there were no deadlines, weekly and monthly change schedules and Quality Review hysteria, teachers and students actually took pride in their bulletin boards.


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Principal Announcement at Faculty Meeting:

“Please make sure your bulletin boards are changed and updated by Friday. We have visitors coming and they really want to look at all your student feedback. You know the feedback we are talking about, right? The post-its that we ask you to put over the students’ work. Oh and don’t forget your task and common core aligned standards. Put the grade on there too so everyone can see the students’ marks while we violate privacy laws.”


It’s become ridiculous, but there is something we can do together. In solidarity, we encourage chapter leaders, of schools whose administration harks on all these bulletin board mandates, to file Paperwork Reduction Complaints hereThe link is on the UFT website and is accessible only to chapter leaders. If chapter leaders don’t want to file, then members can ask UFT Solidarity caucus to file it for them. Unfortunately, retaliation potential silences voices. Use www.uftsolidarity.org/paperwork  and our paperwork committee will help.

Anyone who is disciplined for not abiding by the ridiculous mandates should file a Grievance Referencing Article 21. See our Toolbox if you need help.

Article 21 A 6 states: “The following issues shall not be the basis for discipline of pedagogues: a) the format of bulletin boards…”
Let’s Take Back Our Classroom Bulletin Boards!

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  1. This is great. I will share this with my chapter and see if they want to take action, regarding these bulletin boards. I did instruct them not to follow the bulletin board requirements until we got clarity on what could or couldn’t be mandated to us but they did anyway.

  2. Pingback: Bulletin boards or Bully-tin boards and what they say about a school’s culture  – Educator Fights Back

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