Week of Action is June 8-12

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The MTA is joining with like-minded organizations for a Week of Action to send the message that it is time to stop the testing madness and rethink the state's educational goals and priorities.

The Week of Action, from June 8 to 12, provides a great opportunity for members to speak out about the devastating impact that high-stakes testing is having on our students and our schools.

Among the week's events is a hearing before the Joint Committee on Education on H. 340, the MTA bill calling for a three-year moratorium on PARCC and high-stakes testing. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 11. The evening before the hearing, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a forum on PARCC from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bridgewater State University.

Both events are great opportunities for educators, students, parents and the community at large to let policymakers know why high-stakes testing is bad for our students and our schools.

To gear up for the Week of Action, MTA President Barbara Madeloni is hosting a telephone town hall meeting for MTA members. The town hall, tentatively set for Wednesday, June 3, will give members a chance to learn how they can participate within their locals in Week of Action events. Details will be announced as plans are finalized.

Week of Action activities so far are as follows:

  • Monday, June 8: Sticker Day — The MTA will supply locals with stickers to wear and share.

  • Tuesday, June 9: Contact Your Legislator Day — Visit legislators' offices, make phone calls and tell your stories. Call for legislators to support H. 340.

  • Wednesday, June 10: Social Media Day and PARCC Forum Day — Spread the word through social media. Attend the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education forum on PARCC at Bridgewater State University and tell board members why high-stakes testing is bad for our students and our schools.

  • Thursday, June 11: Public Speak-Out Day — Attend the hearing at the State House if you can. The MTA will provide reimbursement for a substitute in each local to allow one member to attend. If you cannot get to the hearing, arrange a gathering in your community or join one of the regional actions being planned with the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance.

  • Friday, June 12: Union Solidarity Day — Wear your union colors to work.

The statewide Week of Action has been organized by a newly formed coalition called the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance — the MEJA. The MTA, AFT Massachusetts, the Boston Teachers Union, Jobs With Justice, Citizens for Public Schools, the Greater Boston Labor Council, Mass Alliance and other labor and community groups are members of the coalition.

BE HEARD! If you want to speak about high-stakes testing at the Joint Committee on Education hearing, please contact MTA lobbyist Kate Donaghey at kdonaghey@massteacher.org.

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