Union Colors Day will conclude Week of Action

The highly successful Week of Action concludes Friday, June 12, with MTA members proudly wearing their union colors.

MTA members will be donning their local association T-shirts to mark a week full of activities that were geared toward informing the public about the negative impact of high-stakes testing and building support for House Bill 340, An Act Relative to a Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing and PARCC.

MTA President Barbara Madeloni said that while it was a very serious issue that precipitated the Week of Action, the mood became joyful as educators, parents and others shared their creativity on social media and celebrated a sense of solidarity and camaraderie.

Even as the week was drawing to a close, members continued calling their legislators  to urge support for the bill, and they continued to light up social media sites — including the MTA Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter­ with their posts.

On Thursday, June 11, a large contingent of educators, students, parents, social justice advocates and union members sporting yellow “Less Testing/More Learning” stickers met at MTA Headquarters early in the morning to hear Madeloni and others speak about the need for a moratorium before they walked across the street to the State House to testify.

Many of those who could not make the hearing instead joined regional actions being planned by the recently formed Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, which sponsored the week’s events. The MEJA 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.

Sticker Day kicked off the Week of Action on Monday, June 8. Tuesday, June 9, was Contact Your Legislators Day.

Social Media and PARCC Forum Day, on Wednesday, June 10, provided more chances to spread the word. Educators attended a PARCC forum during the evening at Bridgewater State University, where they addressed the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about PARCC and other high-stakes tests.

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