When voters go to the polls for the presidential election on Nov. 8, they will also decide the fate of Question 2, an initiative that would effectively obliterate any cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.
In our campaign to defeat Question 2 at the ballot box, the MTA is encouraging all members to participate in a Telephone Town Hall with President Barbara Madeloni at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON QUESTION 2
WHO: MTA members
WHAT: Telephone Town Hall with Barbara Madeloni
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m.
WHY: Learn about Question 2 which would lift the cap on charter schools
During the call, participants will learn more about this profound threat to public education. They will have a chance to ask questions and hear from fellow MTA members about the most effective ways to persuade voters to #KeeptheCap.
“This will be an opportunity for educators to discuss how the charter campaign connects to the work we do in our classrooms and our locals,” Madeloni said. “We’ll be talking about how winning will build our power and sustain it, as well as what we will be doing when school begins.”
In the past year alone, Massachusetts charter schools siphoned more than $400 million from district public schools. Charter schools create a two-track system of education described by the NAACP as “separate and unequal.” They undermine local control and are often approved despite the united opposition of the communities in which they are to be located.
Save Our Public Schools, a grassroots coalition that includes the MTA, has been working hard to get the message out, and more than 70 communities have passed resolutions against raising the cap.
But in order to win this fight at the ballot box on Nov. 8, we need to use all of our collective power.
Madeloni calls Question 2 “a strike against democracy, against teacher and parent input into the education of students, and against the principle that all students are entitled to a high-quality public education.”
More information will be provided soon on how to call in to the Telephone Town Hall.
Visit the MTA's toolkit on charter schools for more information.