UFT Election Results Coming Today

The United Federation of Teachers, the country’s largest teacher union local, has wrapped up their 2016 elections and results are due back today.  President Michael Mulgrew, who infamously threatened Common Core opponents with violence, was being opposed by opt-out activist Jia Lee.  Though a victory for Lee would seem to be a no-brainer to most outsiders, those who know the UFT’s rigged system of democracy will tell you that it is anything but.  It is expected that Mulgrew and Unity Caucus will be victorious, however the MORE Caucus, of which Lee is a member, is expecting to seriously challenge for several executive board seats.  Winning executive board seats would represent an enormous victory for MORE, the social justice caucus of the UFT.

Early election results are showing an increase in voter turnout by about 10,000 according to James Eterno at the ICE UFT Blog

Camille Eterno and Norm Scott are reporting from the American Arbitration Association where votes are being counted in the UFT Election. Here are the latest numbers from Norm:

53,000 voted, that is up 10,000 from 2013.

Only 1000 of that increase came from retirees who in 2016 make up 46% of the voters. In 2013, retirees made up 52% of the voters.

Where did those new voters go? Mulgrew is the known commodity. The conventional wisdom guess would be the majority went to Unity but we shall see.

We will try to be back later with updated results.

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School Budget Results

The Comsewogue School District’s budget vote resulted in an approved budget in overwhelming fashion as the “Yes” votes garnered more than 80% of the vote.  PJSTA endorsed candidates Fran Blatter and Robert DeStefano were re-elected.  Thank you to the Comsewogue community for their support of our schools!

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Endorsed Candidates for School Board Elections

You can click here to access the list of school board candidates who have been endorsed by the teacher union locals in those districts.  This includes every local on Long Island who has shared their endorsements with us.

Additionally you can click here to see the candidates who have been endorsed by Long Island Opt-Out.

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Courageous MORE Teachers Defy Gag Order

Three courageous members of the United Federation of Teachers are defying the city’s gag order on speaking out against the state tests.  Lauren Cohen, Jia Lee, and Kristin Taylor, all of whom are running for positions in the upcoming UFT election with the Movement of Rank and File Educators Caucus, spoke to NBC 4 New York and encouraged parents to opt their children out of the rigged Common Core exams that New York State students in grades 3-8 are in the midst of now.

Click here to watch the video with the three courageous teachers.

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Unofficial Opt-Out Numbers From Around NYS

We will update this page throughout the day as we get unofficial opt-out numbers in from around the state.  If you know your district’s opt-out percentage please leave it in the comments, send us a tweet (@ThePJSTA), or send it via email to pjsta1vp@gmail.com and we will add them to our post here.

**Updated 4/6/16 1:42 PM**

Baldwin- 51%

Bayport-Blue Point- 72%

Bellmore- 69%

Bellmore-Merrick- 70%

Brentwood- 55%

Carle Place- 54%

Central Islip- 12%

Cold Spring Harbor- 20%

Comsewogue- 86%

Connetquot- 74%

East Hampton- 13%

East Meadow- 49%

East Islip- 72%

East Quogue- 63%

East Rockaway- 65.4%

Eastport-South Manor- 73%

Floral Park-Bellerose- 27%

Freeport- 29%

Glen Cove- 43%

Great Neck- 18%

Greenport- 65%

Hauppauge- 72%

Herricks- 15%

Hewlett-Woodmere- 60%

Hicksville- 34%

Island Trees- 55%

Jericho- 20%

Kings Park- 59%

Lawrence- 25%

Levittown- 68%

Lindenhurst- 81%

Locust Valley- 56%

Lynbrook- 62%

Malverne- 44%

Manhasset- 12%

Massapequa- 64%

Mattituck-Cutchogue- 42%

Merrick- 56%

Middle Country- 72%

Montauk- 17%

Mount Sinai- 55%

New Hyde Park-Garden City- 26%

North Babylon- 63%

North Bellmore- 68%

North Merrick- 62%

North Shore- 43%

Northport-East Northport- 69%

Oceanside- 48%

Oyster Bay-East Norwich- 40%

Oyster Ponds- 34%

Patchogue-Medford- 72%

Plainedge- 79%

Plainview-Old Bethpage- 59%

Port Jefferson- 60%

Quogue- 19%

Riverhead- 39%

Rockville Center- 60%

Rocky Point- 79%

Roosevelt- 8%

Roslyn- 47%

Shelter Island- 46%

Shoreham-Wading River- 74%

Smithtown- 59%

Southampton- 34%

Southold- 55%

Springs- 23%

Three Village- 56%

Tuckahoe- 36%

Uniondale- 47%

Valley Stream Central High School- 51%

Valley Stream #24- 56%

Valley Stream #30- 18%

Wantagh- 61%

West Babylon- 62%

West Hempstead- 32%

Westbury- 34%

Westhampton Beach- 47%

William Floyd- 40%

More to come…

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