I encourage you to listen more carefully to what the UFT preaches. Remember a teacher's work conditions are a student's learning conditions. The UFT preaches that teachers should be given the amount of time, resources, and smaller class sizes that are needed to teach our children. And yes thy also say that teachers should have a living wage.
As was pointed out above 50% of people who enter the profession never become eligible for tenure because they self select to leave when they realize that it is so much harder than the babysitting or tutoring jobs they held in High School. The remaining teachers are granted tenure by the DOE not the Union. The tenure process does not stop a teacher from being fired but allows for teachers to have the power to advocate for their students. Removing the teacher voice from education is the goal of those who speak against tenure. If a teacher does not have the protection to advocate for their students because doing so would mean loosing their jobs does not help students learn better or more. In fact it does the opposite entirely. Teachers who do not have the protections of tenure can be fired capriciously and without cause making teachers not strive to advocate or their students unless it is under the direction of their supervisor.
I would also like to point out that Charters do not make a sweeping improvement in the retention of quality teachers. Charters are not in unto themselves evil. I myself worked in a charter for a while and loved it. But we need to be wary of those that blindly Union bash, instead of realizing that charters do not perform better nationally than most commiserate public schools. And in NYC the charters have left out large swaths of our neediest students, the students with unstable home lives, students with special needs and students who have not met English as a second language proficiency are largely under served by charters. Part of the reason that they have been able to hold themselves over public schools that do not have the option of counseling families who's children need more support out of the school and back to public schools.
Please Ryanlee, get your facts more clear before you blindly unon bash
You mention E4E but they are one of the biggest frauds in teacher voice. They work to make sure that teachers have less of a seat at the table through promoting policies that remove that voice. removing tenure, and seniority, promoting more testing and with it teaching to the test instead of educating the whole child. And to top it all off they are sponsored financially by the same Bloomberg, and Gates foundations that write the detrimental policies that sell education to the highest bidder. The exact opposite of what this article promotes.
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