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State of our Schools Survey

Working Conditions and Learning Conditions

The Solidarity Research Center, an independent research nonprofit, is conducting a survey in collaboration with the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) to produce an analysis of the challenges New York City students and teachers face. Too often, teachers' voices are left out of conversations about policy in their schools and unions. The State of our Schools Survey will provide data for MORE to advance policy proposals and develop a platform in the UFT for change based in the reality teachers face every day. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey to give the public an accurate view of conditions in the schools, and let our representatives in government and labor know what they can do to provide a high-quality education for all.

All responses are anonymous.
1. How many years have you been teaching in the New York City public schools? *This question is required.
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3. Are you tenured? *This question is required.
4. Are you a Teaching Fellow?
5. Do you feel that you received adequate training and preparation to meet the needs of your students in your first two years of teaching?
6. Recent state reforms extended the probationary period for new teachers from three years to four years, while the Department of Education has reduced approval of tenure applications to around 50%. Do you feel the current probation and tenure process is fair? *This question is required.
7. On average, how many hours do you spend working outside of the 6 hour 20 minute contractual workday each week? *This question is required.
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Are the facilities you work in clean, in good repair, and adequate for student learning?

*This question is required.
9. Does your school provide adequate social-emotional support services for students, such as social workers and psychologists? *This question is required.
10. Does your school provide adequate special education staffing and planning time for teachers and mandated services for special education students? *This question is required.
11. Does your school provide the mandated level of ESL services for students and adequate planning time for ESL co-teachers? *This question is required.

Does your school provide adequate arts opportunities for students?

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Does your school provide adequate sports and physical education opportunities for students?

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Are you able to make photocopies when you need to at  your school?

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Does your principal treat staff at your school with respect?

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16. The Department of Education has begun discouraging the use of suspensions. Does your school provide adequate training and support for alternative responses to student behavior issues, such as restorative justice?

Are you a Chapter Leader?

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Do you feel you have received adequate training and support from the UFT?

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Does your school currently have a UFT Chapter Leader?

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19. How do you feel about how the current UFT leadership has run the union and represented teachers?
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20. Have you ever brought an issue to the UFT to be addressed? *This question is required.
21. Were you satisfied with how is was handled? *This question is required.
22. The cost of living in NYC has risen 20% in the past five years. UFT leadership celebrated a contract with raises that average less than 2% each year. Do you feel that the current union contract compensates teachers fairly? *This question is required.
23. Four percent retroactive raises for each of the 2009 and 2010 school years will be deferred to 2% raises in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. Full retroactive pay for 2009-2014 will be paid in lump sums from 2015 through 2020, for teachers who stay in the system. Do you think the UFT should renegotiate retro pay so that members get the money the are owed before 2020? *This question is required.
24. Unity Caucus leadership of the UFT has supported the use of high-stakes tests. Should our union oppose the use of high stakes testing results in generating teacher ratings? *This question is required.
25. UFT President Michael Mulgrew draws pay of over $280,000, and over 100 UFT staffers make over $100,000 per year. Do you believe it is appropriate to pay union officers and staff double the wages of members, or do you think they should be paid on the same scale as the contract they negotiate for members? *This question is required.
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