Before the prepared agenda items were voted on (there were around six provided ahead of time and we voted on only one) there was time for floor motions to be made. Many people raised their hands, including Jie Lee of the Movement of Rank-and-file Educators. A person behind her was called on for an interesting motion to add an item to the agenda of next month's meeting and then 10 minutes began of debates on Robert's Rules of Order (it was very reminiscent of debates in the Park Slope Food Coop General Meetings). No more people were called on after that one motion was passed.
If the UFT wants to be truly democratic in its background, it needs to make sure there is more time for its membership to voice concerns and get things put out onto the floor of the DA. I hope this upcoming election will spur some change.