Marching for Public Ed, Unions and Democracy
I was so proud and inspired to walk with MTA members in the Boston Women's March this past Saturday. Just as we discovered in the #NoOn2 campaign, we were met with enthusiastic support as we marched behind a banner calling for the Schools Our Students Deserve and chanted "No more misinformation, fully fund public education!" It was powerful. And we will continue to use that power in the weeks and months ahead. For a start, don't forget to go here to urge our U.S. senators to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary.
Turning Up the Heat on Standardized Testing
Organize to resist high-stakes testing! Go here to sign up to join other MTA members and community activists from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, at MTA headquarters in Quincy, 2 Heritage Drive, 8th floor. (We promise to get you home well before the start of the Super Bowl.) This is just the first of several actions the MTA is working on with the NEA Center for Organizing to bring testing resistance strategies to locals in Massachusetts and around the country.
Reject GIC Cost-Shifting: Keep Up the Pressure Higher Education Advocacy Day March 1
If you are available, please attend the GIC's February 1 annual public hearing to show your opposition to the GIC cost-shifting plan given provisional approval on January 19. The hearing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., in Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston.
Both New York and Rhode Island are considering proposals for free higher education. Here in Massachusetts, our legislative agenda includes a Finish Line Grant, which would provide eligible students one year of free college education in our public colleges and universities. This bill also would increase funding for public higher education and provide adjunct faculty with a path to tenure as well as access to health and pension benefits and pay parity with full-time faculty. Go here for information on Higher Education Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 1. Let your legislators know we are fighting to make college accessible and affordable for students and fair to faculty and staff.
Non-Tenure-Track and Adjunct Faculty Gathering
Non-tenure-track and adjunct faculty members from the UMass campuses in Amherst, Boston, Lowell and Dartmouth are invited to a gathering to share experiences and discuss issues on Sunday, February 5, at UMass Boston. Go here for details.