Week of Action continues with Social Media Day, PARCC forum

Social Media Day - Speak Out

The Week of Action on testing continues on Wednesday, June 10, with Social Media Day and an active MTA member presence at the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s forum on PARCC.

MTA members are asked to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to spread the word about the devastating impact of high-stakes testing and build support for House Bill 340, An Act Relative to a Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing and PARCC.

On Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bridgewater State University, the BESE’s forum on PARCC provides another opportunity for members to talk about the impact of high-stakes testing on students, schools, districts and communities.

The Week of Action is sponsored by the recently formed Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, which 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.

MTA President Barbara Madeloni said that since social media provide some of the best and quickest ways to build energy around an issue, “we want to step up our online activities all week in favor of our campaign for ‘Less Testing/More Learning.’’’

Members are asked to use the hashtag #lesstesting in all forms of social media.

“One thing we want to do is create a storm on Twitter to let policymakers and legislators know the damage being done by testing,” Madeloni said. “And if you use Facebook, please post pictures and messages calling for less testing and more learning.”

If you are using Twitter, please include your legislators’ Twitter handles, which are available here.

The Week of Action runs through June 12.

On Thursday, June 11, MTA leaders and members will testify at a State House hearing on H.B. 340, which 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.

Click here for more information about Social Media Day, the PARCC forum and the Week of Action.