Educators for Excellence-New York Statement on the Passage of the United Federation of Teachers Contract
November 5 (New York) — Educators for Excellence-New York (E4E-New York), a teacher-led organization, reacts to the membership passage of United Federation of Teachers contract.
“As an educator in the Bronx, I know that schools like mine, which serve some of our city’s most vulnerable students, have a hard time attracting and keeping great educators,” said Christine Montera, a high school teacher at East Bronx Academy. “The inclusion of The Bronx Plan in the recently passed UFT contract acknowledges the challenging nature of the work my colleagues and I tackle every day in order to provide our students with the skills and knowledge to succeed. I hope that in the future even more high-need schools are able to provide salary incentives that will help them build strong communities of great educators.”
“We applaud the district and union for taking bold action to ensure our highest-need communities have equitable access to great teachers and have the resources necessary to build strong school communities,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators for Excellence. “New York City educators voted for a more flexible contract that provides them with opportunities to grow their leadership, through career ladders, and supplement their paychecks, by working in schools that have had the most trouble attracting talented teachers. These are changes E4E members have called for since our founding, and our nationally representative survey of teachers this past spring, Voices from the Classroom, shows that nearly nine out of 10 teachers in New York City - and across the country - agree.
Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of more than 30,000 educators, united around a common set of values and principles for improving student learning and elevating the teaching profession. We work together to identify issues that impact our schools, create solutions to these challenges, and advocate for policies and programs that give all students access to a quality education.