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MTA endorses Katherine Clark for U.S. Congress

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is enthusiastically recommending Massachusetts state Senator Katherine Clark for the Fifth Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

"Katherine Clark is a proven, effective leader with a solid understanding of the issues affecting students, educators and public schools,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “In Congress, she will be a strong advocate for our public schools, colleges, all students and issues of importance for working families in Massachusetts.”

Clark, a Democrat, is running against Republican Frank Addivinola in a special election for the seat formerly held by now-Senator Edward Markey. Election Day is Tuesday, December 10.

In a National Education Association questionnaire, Clark outlined positions on education very similar to those taken by the vast majority of educators. 

The following are some of Clark’s positions:

• Clark favors increased federal funding for preschool, Head Start and full-day kindergarten and will “fight for universal preschool and college affordability so that every student can access a quality education.”

• As a state senator, she fought for additional funding for special education students and “will continue that work in Congress.”

• Clark also “successfully passed legislation that helps every child to read at grade level by third grade and believes the investment in early education is the best way to close the achievement gap and increase graduation rates and future earnings.”

“I believe that educational opportunity is the civil rights issue of our time,” Clark wrote in the NEA questionnaire. “Not only is creating and funding an education system that can address the needs of every student no matter their income or challenges the morally right thing to do, but it is the very best way to strengthen our economy and build a future for our country.”