Dozens of New York teacher union locals demand that NYSUT (New York State United Teachers, the AFT) support testing resistance

Despite the fact that the leadership of New York's teacher unions last July managed to vote down a resolution against Common Core from Chicago Teachers Union, the new testing season has prompted dozens of locals from New York to submit a resolution to NYSUT (the "New York State United Teachers,") against the tests.

Michael Mulgrew and other allies of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten managed to defeat a Chicago resolution against Common Core at the federation's 2014 convention in Los Angeles. But the attempts by Mulgrew and Weingarten to remain in bed with the U.S. Department of Education and corporate "school reform" are being challenged across the USA -- and in Mulgrew's own backyard across New York state.Here is the resolution they are demanding that NYSUT pass:

Resolution to Support “The I Refuse Movement” to Oppose High Stakes Testing

WHEREAS, the purpose of education is to educate a populace of critical thinkers who are capable of shaping a just and equitable society in order to lead good and purpose-filled lives, not solely prepare that populace for college and career; and

WHEREAS, instructional and curricular decisions should be in the hands of classroom professionals who understand the context and interests of their students; and

WHEREAS, the education of children should be grounded in developmentally appropriate practice; and

WHEREAS, high quality education requires adequate resources to provide a rich and varied course of instruction, individual and small group attention, and wrap-around services for students; and

WHEREAS, the state assessments are not transparent in that–teachers and parents are not allowed to view the tests and item analysis will likely not be made available; and

WHEREAS, the assessment practices that accompany Common Core State Standards – including the political manipulation of test scores – are used as justification to label and close schools, fail students, and evaluate educators; therefore be it

RESOLVED that NYSUT opposes standardized high stakes testing that is currently pushed by the Federal and State governments, because this testing is not being used to further instruction for children, to help children, or to support the educational needs of children; and be it further

RESOLVED, that NYSUT advocates for an engaged and socially relevant curriculum that is student-based and supported by research; and be it further

RESOLVED, that NYSUT will embark on internal discussions to educate and seek feedback from members regarding standardized high stakes testing and its impact on students; and be it further

RESOLVED, that NYSUT will lobby the NYS Board of Regents to eliminate the use of high stakes testing; and be it further

RESOLVED, that NYSUT will ask that all of its members have their own children refuse to take the Grade 3-8 assessments: and be it further

RESOLVED, that NYSUT will organize other members and affiliates to increase opposition to high stakes testing; and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the NY State Board of Regents, the Governor of NYS, and all members of the NYS legislative branch; and be it finally

Resolved, that if after this resolution is passed at the 2015 NYSUT RA, the resolution be sent to the NYSUT Board of Directors for the purpose of having the NYSUT Board of Directors craft an appropriate version of the resolution that the NYSUT Board of Directors can vote to send to the American Federation of Teachers for consideration at the AFT July 2016 Convention.

Please encourage your members to purchase/replicate these bumper stickers/magnets to support test refusal as a way to stop corporate education reform.

As of March 28, dozens of teacher associations (union locals) have endorsed a strong resolution against high-stakes testing.

These groups include:

Amityville Teachers’ Association

Associated Teachers of Huntington

Babylon Teachers’ Association

Baldwin Teachers Association

Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association

Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers

Bellport Teachers Association

Bethpage Congress of Teachers

Brentwood Teachers Association

Brockport Teachers Association

Camden Teachers Association

Carmel Teachers’ Association

Center Moriches Teachers’ Association

Central Islip Teachers Association

Clarkstown Teachers Association

Commack Teachers Association

Connetquot Teachers Association

Deer Park Teachers’ Association

East Williston Teachers’ Association

Elwood Teachers Alliance

Farmingdale Federation of Teachers

Freeport Teachers Association

Fulton Teachers Association

Garden City Teachers’ Association

Glen Cove Teachers’ Association

Half Hollow Hills Teachers’ Association

Hamburg Teachers Association

Hauppauge Teachers Association

Hastings Teachers Association

Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association

Hicksville Congress of Teachers

Ichabod Crane Teachers Association

Islip Teachers Association

Kingston Teachers Federation

Lancaster Central Teachers Association

Lake Shore Central Teachers’ Association

Lakeland Federation of Teachers

Lawrence Teachers’ Association

Levittown Teachers Union

Lindenhurst Teachers Association

Little Flower Teachers Association

Locust Valley School Employees Association

Lynbrook Teachers Association

Merrick Faculty Association

Middle Country Teachers Association

Middle Island Teachers Association

Miller Place Teachers Association

MORE Caucus (NYC)

New Hartford Teachers Association

New Paltz United Teachers

New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees

New York Mills Teachers’ Association

North Babylon Teachers’ Organization

North Bellmore Teachers Association

North Merrick Faculty Association

North Rockland Teachers Association

North Shore Schools Federated Employees

North Syracuse Education Association

Oceanside Federation of Teachers

Oneonta Teachers’ Association

Orchard Park Teachers Association

Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers

Plainedge Federation of Teachers

Plainview-Old Beth Page Congress of Teachers

Port Jefferson Teachers Association

Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association

Ramapo Teachers Association

Rocky Point Teachers Association

Rockville Centre Teachers’ Association

Rome Teachers Association

Sauquoit Valley Teachers Association

Sherburne-Earlville Teachers’ Association

Smithtown Teachers Association

Spencerport Teachers Association

Springville Faculty Association

Shoreham Wading River Teachers Association

Three Village Teachers Association

Troy Teachers Association

United Teachers of Harborfields

United Teachers of Seaford

Valley Stream Teachers Association

West Babylon Teachers Association

West Canada Valley Teachers Association

West Genesee Teachers’ Association

West Hempstead Education Association

West Islip Teachers’ Association

West Seneca Teachers Association


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