MTA Today: Community alliances build solidarity

MTA Today Spring 2015 MTA members are increasingly active in coalitions that help promote social justice and seek to provide the schools that Massachusetts students deserve. In communities around the state, educators are working with Jobs With Justice on a range of crucial issues. In Holyoke, concerted action has helped build resistance to a state takeover of the public school system. The spirit of solidarity is also evident as the MTA and the NAACP stand together against a threatened legal challenge to the state’s charter school cap. Meanwhile, as winter turned to spring, workers continued to call on UMass to honor its contract commitments, and hundreds of education support professionals gathered on Cape Cod for a weekend of professional development and camaraderie.

In this Issue:

  • Holyoke resists state receivership
  • Editorial: Organizing and acting together to fight back
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Community alliances build solidarity
  • Shared priorities drive partnerships with diverse groups
  • Conference highlights work of MTA ESPs
  • Lawsuit threat and new bills focus on charter issues
  • Workers call on UMass to honor contracts
  • Baker’s budget proposal shortchanges public education
  • Collective bargaining summit helps ignite activism
  • Students become senators during visit to institute
  • New location chosen for MTA Summer Conference
  • ‘Security agreement’ demand rescinded after MTA action
  • Commonwealth charter proposals fail to advance
  • Potholes and your auto insurance
  • Interest-free shopping available to members
  • Good reasons to belong to MTA/NEA Retired
  • Opposition to TS GOLD keeps growing
  • ‘Another great season’ of books and baseball

A section featuring articles and other information about the 2015 MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates, including statements by candidates in contested races, runs from Page 21 to Page 33. This issue also includes the spring edition of The MTA Advantage.

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Be Heard!Be Heard! MTA members have a great opportunity to let state education officials know what they think about PARCC – and high-stakes testing in general. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a series of hearings to seek feedback on whether to replace MCAS with PARCC. This is a great opportunity to tell your stories about PARCC and the true impact of testing mandates on teaching and learning. The first hearing is Tuesday, April 28, at Fitchburg State University. Four subsequent hearings are scheduled across the state in May, June and July. Click here for the full schedule.

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