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The MTA is urging members, parents and other community members to sign petitions in favor of a bill to create two new seats on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education designated for educator representatives.

H. 375 and S. 269 are House and Senate versions of a bill that would add two educator representatives to the BESE — one nominated by the MTA and the other by AFT Massachusetts. These bills were heard at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Education on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the State House.

“Many people are shocked to learn that current law forbids public school educators from serving as members of the BESE — the board that governs our profession,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Most educators are not even able to attend board meetings because those meetings are almost always held during school hours. Currently, individuals who stand to profit from decisions made by the BESE are welcome to hold seats on the board, but no place is designated for professional educators."

There is a high school student on the board, and there is one labor representative, but there is not one active teacher or paraprofessional.

“It’s time for the BESE to include the experts in the field the board governs,” Madeloni said.

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