Annual Meeting Preview

Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will introduce herself to MTA members May 12 during the association’s  167th Annual Meeting of Delegates in Boston.

Warren, a Democrat, has been endorsed by the NEA’s Political Action Committee, The NEA Fund, based on the advice of the MTA’s Candidate Recommendation Committee. She is seeking to unseat Republican Senator Scott
Brown in what will be one of the most closely watched races this election season. Control of the U.S. Senate could be at stake.

“Elizabeth Warren has the right values and vision to stand up for educators and students in Congress,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “She understands the issues facing teachers because she was one. Elizabeth Warren recognizes just how important good educators are to the future of our families, our communities and our country, and she will fight to create new opportunities for all of our students, from preschool to graduate school.”

While most people know that Warren is a law professor at Harvard University, Toner said, few people know that before she went to law school she worked at a public elementary school in New Jersey teaching special needs students. Having a U.S. senator with a teaching background, Toner added, will be a huge benefit to teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff and others working in public education across the state.

“Education is at the core of investing in our future and building a strong middle class,” Warren said on Feb. 9, the day the NEA Fund endorsed her candidacy. “For years, I have worked to level the playing field for middle-class families, and I will continue the fight to ensure both students and teachers have the tools they need to succeed here in Massachusetts.”

The Friday business session will include new business items, a proposed resolution and a proposed bylaw change, as well as a keynote address titled The National Political Landscape. The speech, to be delivered by Joyce Powell, a member of the NEA Executive Committee and a special education teacher from New Jersey

Also on Friday, delegates will participate in an issues forum and hear leadership reports by President Toner, Vice President Tim Sullivan and Executive Director-Treasurer Ann Clarke.

On Saturday, annual meeting delegates will honor Adam William Gray, a high school math teacher in Boston who was named the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

MTA Friend of Education awards will be given to retiring U.S. Representatives John Olver and Barney Frank and Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein will be presented with the MTA Friend of Labor Award.

The Saturday business session will take up the proposed MTA budget for 2012-2013, as well as other subjects.