October 11, 2018

Educators for Excellence-New York Statement on United Federation of Teachers Contract

October 11 (New York) — Educators for Excellence-New York (E4E-New York), a teacher-led organization, reacts to the United Federation of Teachers contract.  

“As a teacher, I’ve seen what happens to schools that can’t attract and keep awesome teachers,” said Christine Montera, a high school teacher at East Bronx Academy. “The Bronx Plan expansion is a step in the direction of addressing the problem of staffing schools with high teacher turnover - like mine. We need high-quality teachers now and we need them to stay in our schools. I know this is not a unique problem in the Bronx. Additionally, we must ensure the educators being recruited into schools like mine reflect the diversity of our student populations and are deeply student-centered. I look forward to learning more about how this contract will support me and my colleagues to address the needs of students in the Bronx and across New York City in 2018.”

“A contract that is more flexible, provides career ladders for effective teachers and is adaptive to the needs of teachers, students and communities is crucial to creating excellent schools for all kids,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators for Excellence. “Our national survey of teachers, Voices from the Classroom, shows that 89 percent of teachers favor giving financial incentives to work in hard-to-staff schools and it is something our members have called for since we were founded in the Bronx. The increased emphasis on rewarding teacher leaders who take on roles that support the development of their colleagues is a huge improvement. We applaud the district and union for taking bold action to ensure our highest-need communities have equitable access to great teachers and look forward to working with the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to make these changes a reality.”