Hundreds of New Yorkers Rally for Chicago Teachers

September 10, 2012

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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.

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