Be heard! Use your voice to support Massachusetts educators

Be Heard! Here are three ways you can use your voice to support Massachusetts educators.

Support public higher education

Action Alert

A House-Senate conference committee is currently finalizing the fiscal 2017 state budget, and it is important that you advocate for the higher spending levels for public colleges and universities contained in the Senate's version of the budget.

Please click HERE to urge your state legislators to contact the conference committee and support the additional $22 million that the Senate included for higher education over the proposed House budget for our public colleges and universities.

Public higher education is in desperate need of greater investment by the state. We oppose burdening students with higher fees and tuition hikes. It is in the Commonwealth's best interest to have high-quality, accessible colleges and universities.

Support public higher education

Take action to prevent hikes in retiree health insurance

Action Alert

We need MTA retirees to contact your state legislators and ask them to urge members of the conference committee working to set the fiscal 2017 budget to adopt Senate language that freezes municipal retiree insurance premium splits. This will prevent premium split increases for those in communities that entered the Group Insurance Commission or implemented plan design modifications as part of municipal health insurance changes in 2011.

Please click HERE to send your message.

Without the moratorium, retirees could face a higher premium split — in addition to higher out-of-pocket health care costs.

Prevent hikes in retiree health insurance

Ditch DDMs now

Action Alert

Our students are more than their test scores, and so are you! We can ditch DDMs — but we need your action now.

Go HERE to ask your legislators to get rid of the burdensome and harmful "student impact rating" mandate to judge educators based on MCAS scores and "District-Determined Measures." Also, spread the word on social media using the hashtag #DitchDDMs — and talk up the effort at end-of-year meetings and events.

Don't wait. We have two short weeks to persuade the House-Senate budget conference committee to back the Senate plan to get rid of the DDM mandate, hated by evaluators and those being evaluated alike.

Learn more about our efforts to #DitchDDMs and check out our June 16 ad in The Boston Globe. And if you live anywhere near Malden, please mark your calendar for a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on DDMs. The meeting will be held at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, beginning at 5 p.m. on June 27. Stay tuned for more detailed.

Ditch DDMs