MTA Today: Pushing back on testing, charters

MTA Today Winter 2016 Momentum against high-stakes testing continues to build across Massachusetts. As the movement grows, Sharon biology teacher Zach Snow and other MTA members are on a mission to bring creativity and joy back to classrooms — and they are finding common ground with parents, students and administrators. On another front, the MTA is committing resources to vigorously oppose a planned ballot initiative that would lift the cap on charter schools, as well as any legislation that would expand them.

In this Issue:

  • Friedrichs may tarnish scales of justice
  • Editorial: MTA members are stronger together
  • MTA backs campaign to fight lifting of charter cap
  • Reasons to oppose lifting the cap
  • Push against high-stakes testing is gaining traction
  • ‘DDMs, honestly, are crazy’
  • EMAC Conference focuses on the power of activism
  • BESE places Southbridge schools in receivership
  • NCLB is history — and now the hard work begins
  • Statements by candidates for NEA Director seats
  • Organizing yields results in MCCC contract battle
  • Forums focus on how to advocate for public education
  • Singers invited to join MTA Chorus
  • A seaside opportunity for ESPs to learn and network
  • Jim Peyser: Secretary of the one percent?
  • Naughton and Gorrie elected to seats on MTRB
  • NEA RA is coming to Boston in 2017
  • Town gets into spirit of Read Across America
  • New teachers are urged to "enjoy the moment"
  • Listening tour aims to build ESPs’ power
  • MTA Benefits: Better to be safe than sorry this winter
  • MTA Higher Education Conference is set for April 15-16
  • Preconvention meetings to be held in April
  • Fair Share Amendment moves forward
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Why Are We Doing This to Children?

“I don't recognize the school I teach in anymore. ... We've become a test prep center.” — John Bracey

Weston educator John Bracey is among the many MTA members who are standing up for their students by speaking out on the impact of high-stakes testing. Bracey and other educators are featured in an MTA video campaign that will continue for the next several weeks. You can view the videos on our YouTube channel. Click here to join the Less Testing/More Learning campaign.

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