Candidate for Vice President of Middle Schools
William A. Morris, I.S. 61, Title I School, Staten Island, New York
New York City Common Core Fellow
United States Army Reserves and National Guard
Ft Jackson, SC; Ft McClellan, AL; Ft Dix, NJ; El Salvador; Queens, NY; Staten Island, NY
Master of Science, Education
Bachelor of Arts, English
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
What issues do you feel are most critical for our union?
A workplace where members can do their job with integrity. Walking into work should bring joy and enthusiasm for the new day, but many of us fear administration and retaliation. We need to empower members in order to remind the DOE that we are a partnership and should be treated as such. As partners in education, our voices should be equally heard. When members feel like their voices are heard, more will speak up and speak out against the corrupt policies plaguing our schools.
How would you engage the membership in implementing the changes that are needed in our union?
Right now, social media is our fastest and easiest method of notifying members of upcoming changes. With leadership that wants to back members, which is the goal of Solidarity, members will be empowered to spread the word of the positive changes that will come. There’s no more under-the-table policies going to be implemented. Members need to shout out wrongdoing from the highest mountain. Members will be engaging one another as team members. As a team, we will change the current climate of education.