Eric sits down with Julie Cavanagh, an educator in New York City and one of the founding members of the MORE Caucus NYC (Movement of Rank and File Educators). Eric and Julie examine many of the most important issues facing public education and public sector unions in general. They discuss the nature of the new evaluation system that is a direct assault on teachers as well as the use of high stakes, standardized testing as a measure of both student progress and teacher effectiveness. Eric and Julie also examine the fundamental and structural problems within the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York City local of the American Federation of Teachers, and the various ways in which the MORE Caucus is attempting to address the inherently undemocratic way in which the union represents its members. In addition, they explore the motivations of financiers like New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the real agenda behind so-called “school reform”.
Julie Cavanagh is a Special Education teacher in New York City. She is the candidate for President of the United Federation of Teachers representing the MORE Caucus. Follow her on twitter @juliecavanagh15. Visit morecaucusnyc.org for more information and follow the MORE Caucus on twitter @MOREcaucusNYC.