MTA Today: Battles against testing and charters continue

MTA Today Fall 2015 The fight against Commonwealth charter schools continued to gain strength this fall as MTA members worked with parents, social justice organizations and community activists and testified at a State House hearing. In a conversation with MTA Today reporter Laura Barrett, teacher Lucas Donohue contrasted his experiences in the Watertown Public Schools with his years in two highly regimented charters. On other fronts, educators  spoke out about their strong opposition to PARCC and their support for a moratorium on high-stakes testing, and the MTA far exceeded its signature goal for the Raise Up Massachusetts tax initiative.

In this Issue:

  • Summits focus on school safety
  • BESE approves PARCC-infused MCAS
  • Editorial: Together, we are making a difference
  • MTA-backed candidates running for MTRB seats
  • Message to legislators: Put educators on the BESE
  • National spotlight on charter fight
  • Loss of funding is key focus of hearing testimony
  • An approach ‘all about discipline’
  • EMAC Conference to feature nationally prominent speakers
  • Springfield celebrates success of grant effort
  • Open bargaining builds union power
  • Retirees focus on union-building and honor award winner
  • MCCC fights ‘unfair’ contract demands
  • Budget commission says funding falls short
  • Educators seek support for early education
  • Another winning season for MTA-Red Sox partnership
  • Student association wins recognition for continued growth
  • MTA leaders elected to state AFL-CIO posts
  • MTA nomination papers available
  • 2016 nomination form
  • NEA RA delegates to be elected by mail
  • Regional ethnic minority delegates to be chosen
  • Bylaws and Rules Committee now accepting proposals
  • MTA Resolutions Committee accepting submissions
  • Candidate Recommendation Committee nominations sought
  • Statewide Retired District delegates to be chosen
  • Retired Members Committee has four open seats
  • Many hands make Ritzer peace garden a success
  • Fall into the right hands with Educators Insurance
  • Travel the world with Collette tours
  • National award honors Haverhill educator’s work
  • Just for New Teachers Conference agenda is set
  • MTA beats signature goal for tax initiative
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