Week of Action on Charters!
Thank you for all you are doing to collect signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts constitutional amendment for better education funding. Even while continuing with that effort, we are facing another challenge: the threatened expansion of Commonwealth charter schools.
Public schools in Massachusetts are losing an estimated $419 million this year to these publicly funded, privately operated schools. Click on the "pin" associated with your district on this map or check this chart to find out how much - if anything - your district is losing to charters this year.
The map is just one of the materials the MTA will be sharing with members to ignite this conversation, especially during our Week of Action on Charter Schools, which runs from Oct. 5 to 9.
The MTA and other members of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance have organized the week in response to the triple threat posed by charter advocates: a lawsuit, a ballot initiative and bills to lift charter school caps that will be heard by the Joint Committee on Education on Oct. 13.
Each day next week will have a theme.
Monday, Oct. 5: Public funds for public schools
Tuesday, Oct. 6: Public control of public schools
Wednesday, Oct. 7: Public schools serve all students
Thursday, Oct. 8: Stop the school-to-prison pipeline
Friday, Oct. 9: Schools our communities deserve
Go here for details about specific activities, most of which will rely on social media to spread the word.
It's important to share with others that we aren't just against charters. We are in favor of creating and supporting the schools our students, our educators and our communities deserve. Let the public know the great things going on in your schools - and how you would use resources that are currently being lost to charter schools to support public education for all students.
In solidarity, and in anticipation of many great things ahead,