June/July issue of MTA Today now online

In This Issue

  • Educator evaluation system to be overhauled
  • Rally caps MTA Annual Meeting
  • Awards recognize efforts to create ‘better world’
  • Delegates grapple with key issues
  • Good reasons for retirees to join MTA and NEA
  • Conference Committee considering state budget
  • Educators step up to help with tornado recovery
  • Website features links to disaster relief information
  • DLR says criticism doesn’t constitute defamation
  • MTA president joins higher education board
  • Springfield effort boosts parental involvement
  • Presidential Award winners are selected
  • MTAB offers summer safety tips
  • MTA contingent draws cheers during Pride Parade
  • Candidate Recommendation Committee seats open
  • Offset repeal effort is rekindled in House
  • Summer achievement efforts off to strong start

MTA Today June/July 2011 Online


 MTA Today

Christine Boseman of the Classified Staff Union at UMass Boston and Bernadette Marso of the Leominster Education Association were front and center during the MTA-led Rally for a Better Commonwealth, which was held in Boston’s Copley Square on May 14 following the Annual Meeting of Delegates. A crowd of roughly 300 educators, fellow union members and supporters gathered for the event, which included a call to raise revenues to help keep Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Meanwhile, MTA members in central and western Massachusetts have been playing lead roles in helping their students and their communities in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck the state on June 1.

Also in this issue: Educators reach out to students in aftermath of tornadoes

Two Springfield elementary schools, Brookings and Dryden, were closed by the June 1 tornado and finished the school year in other buildings. MTA visited with teachers from the Brookings School. Watch their stories here.
MTA ESP of the Year Jean Fay delivered a real stem-winder of a speech at the Rally for the Better Commonwealth featured on this issue's cover. Listen to Fay's remarks.
Our entire collection of photos from the rally and MTA Annual Meeting my be viewed and shared on our Flickr site.