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UFT resolution Chancellor

UFT resolution Chancellor

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Published by: Celeste Katz on Nov 17, 2010
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The Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers, the union’s policy-makingbody, today approved a resolution calling for new state legislation that would mandatea nationwide search and “a public process of engagement” for final candidates for theoffice of Chancellor of New York City public schools. The resolution criticized Mayor Bloomberg for “conducting his selection process for thechancellor in secret, and withholding from the public the most basic information on thatprocess”, saying the Mayor has “thwarted the intent of mayoral control of New York Cityschools, and created a controversy which ill serves New York City public schools.” “A chancellor should have a full and thorough understanding of teaching and learning,a solid grasp of education issues and concerns and practical experience as an educator to appreciate the impact of policy choices and administrative directives on the real worldof schools and classrooms,” the resolution said, adding that “the process by which anon-educator is granted a waiver to become chancellor must be deliberate, thoroughand credible if that individual’s tenure in that office is to be considered legitimate byeducators, parents, local communities and the general public.” The resolution, which was passed by a show of hands by the approximately 1,000delegates present, reads: WHEREAS in order to lead New York City public schools and ensure that all studentsreceive the quality education to which they are entitled, a chancellor should have a fulland thorough understanding of teaching and learning, a solid grasp of education issuesand concerns and practical experience as an educator to appreciate the impact of policychoices and administrative directives on the real world of schools and classrooms; and WHEREAS in recognition of the value of educational knowledge and experience to theoffice, New York State education law requires that a chancellor possess (a) certificationin educational leadership; (b) a Masters’ Degree; and (c) a minimum of three years of teaching experience; and WHEREAS New York State education law further permits the State EducationCommissioner to provide a waiver for a non-educator to be chancellor if that individualpossesses other “exceptional qualifications;” and WHEREAS the process by which a non-educator is granted a waiver to becomechancellor must be deliberate, thorough and credible if that individual’s tenure in thatoffice is to be considered legitimate by educators, parents, local communities and thegeneral public; and WHEREAS by conducting his selection process for the chancellor in secret, andwithholding from the public the most basic information on that process, Mayor Bloomberg has thwarted the intent of mayoral control of New York City schools, and

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