Performance-based Licensure

We did it! On November 14, 2014, Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester announced that he was rescinding the proposals made by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education linking licensure to educator evaluations. DESE's decision to withdraw these dangerous proposals came after thousands of MTA members contacted state education officials expressing their opposition to these plans.

For more on the campaign to oppose DESE's dangerous proposals, read the Nov. 14 message MTA President Barbara Madeloni and Vice President Janet Anderson sent to MTA members.

Good Reads

  • Mass. drops teacher licensing plan
    The Boston Globe's coverage of DESE's decision to pull licensure proposals as a result of mounting opposition from teachers.

  • MTA members show union power; DESE rescinds proposals linking licensure to educator evaluation
    MTA President Barbara Madeloni and Vice President Janet Anderson share the news that DESE has withdrawn dangerous licensure proposals.

  • VICTORY! Malden and Bridgewater events canceled
    MTA leadership announces that DESE has canceled Malden and Bridgewater town halls on licensure.

  • What fresh hell is this? Whos of Who-chester blog
    Worcester School Committee member Tracy Novick offers her insights on the DESE proposal as well as notes from DESE-sponsored town halls on the educator licensure proposal.

  • MA Committed to Chasing Teachers Away
    Teacher and writer Peter Greene asks, "Who thinks this is a way to put a great teacher in every classroom?" about DESE's lcensure proposals. Click here to read the entire entry in Greene's Curmudgeon blog.


  • MTA position statement on DESE's "performance-based" licensure plan
    Read about the DESE proposals and MTA's messages about them. (Posted on October 22, 2014)

  • Fight DESE plans to tie educator licenses to evaluations and performance
    In her weekly email to members, MTA President Barbara Madeloni provides an overview of the DESE proposal to MTA members and urges action. (Posted on October 22, 2014)

  • MTA to BESE: How can anyone in good conscience connect an employment evaluation to licensure?
    Official letter from MTA leadership to state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members. (Posted on October 27, 2014)

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