Ask legislators to support a moratorium on high-stakes testing

Call your legislators

MTA members are urged to contact their state representatives and senators on Tuesday, June 9, as part of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance’s Week of Action on high-stakes testing.

Tuesday, which is Contact Your Legislators Day, gives educators the opportunity to tell their elected representatives about the devastating impact that high-stakes testing is having on students, schools and communities – and to urge them to testify in support of House Bill 340, An Act Relative to a Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing and PARCC.

The legislation would institute a three-year moratorium on the high-stakes use of testing and create a task force to study how the focus on testing is changing our schools.

The MTA has set up a patch-through system to make it easy to call legislators. Click here to see how to use the patch-through system.

You can reach out to your state senator and state representative 24 hours a day — from now until Thursday, June 11 — when the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education will conduct a hearing on H.B. 340.

If you call your legislators during business hours, you are likely to be connected to a staff person. If you call after hours, please be prepared to leave a message. The strongest message you can send is to tell your own story about the ways that testing is affecting your students and your school.

The recently formed Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance is made up of the MTA, AFT Massachusetts, other labor organizations, groups representing parents and social justice activists working to support the schools that Massachusetts students deserve.

Click here for a complete list of Week of Action resources and to read more about Week of Action events.