Say "thank you" to your senator!

The Senate adopted two amendments we had been seeking to the Education Reform Act of 2009 – S.B. 2216, as described in greater detail under our ed reform update.

It is very important that MTA members thank all those who voted for the amendments.

The first amendment, filed by Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D-Arlington), helps preserve members’ collective bargaining rights in underperforming schools. All 35 senators who voted for this amendment should be thanked, as should Senate President Therese Murray, who did not vote – Senate presidents usually do not – but was supportive.

The second amendment, filed by Senator Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham), amended a provision that would have allowed superintendents to fire staff in underperforming schools for no cause. The Candaras amendment stipulates that staff may be terminated only for cause. There was no roll call vote on this amendment.

The only senators who should not be thanked since they voted “no” on the Donnelly amendment are: Scott Brown (R-Wrentham), Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) and Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield).

If your senator is not one of those four, click here to send him or her a “thank you” message. If you don't know who represents you in the state senate, click here to find out.