In a show of solidarity with Chicago’s striking teachers hundreds of New York City educators along with union leaders and parent activists rallied in Union Square this afternoon. The rally was organized by the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE), a newly formed caucus of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and drew approximately 350 people. Among the speakers were UFT Secretary Michael Mendel and parent activist extraordinaire Leonie Haimson, founder of Class Size Matters. Haimson noted that contrary to what the corporate press was reporting, the major concern of the CTU was not money but insane evaluations based on standardized tests, class sizes, and humane work conditions for both students and teachers.
The rally concluded with a spirited march up to the 23rd St office of the reprehensible Democrats For Education Reform (DFER ), run almost exclusively by hedge fund managers who, in a sane world, would be sitting in eight by ten jail cells instead of privatizing the public school system.