Tell your story: Advocate for less testing and more learning

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When Prompted, enter your ZIP code
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As part of the upcoming Week of Action on high-stakes testing, the MTA is asking that members call their state representatives and senators to tell their own stories about testing and urge support for 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.

Tuesday, June 9, is advocacy day for H. 340, but you don’t have to wait until then. You can reach out to your state senator and state representative anytime, 24 hours a day, between Thursday, June 4, and Thursday, June 11, when the bill will be heard before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education.

The MTA has set up a patch-through system to make this easier. Simply call 617.299.7542 and follow the instructions. When prompted, enter your ZIP code and then the # sign. The system will connect you to a legislator’s office – either your representative or senator. You will need to call in again to speak to the second legislator, using the same system. Please do so!

  • If you call your legislators during business hours, you are likely to be connected to a staff person. If you call after hours, 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 ability to teach.
  • Additional message points for these calls can be found here, and a fact sheet on the legislation – with a list of co-sponsors – can be found here. Further suggestions for making these calls can be found here.
  • If you choose not to use the patch-through system, you can contact your legislator by clicking here, then clicking on “Find a Legislator” and filling in your ZIP code or town.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this and the other activities that are part of our Week of Action and for helping us change the way high-stakes testing is viewed, once and for all.

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