Please speak out for public education

Greetings:

This week presents us with lots of opportunities for action to reclaim public education.

The Foundation Budget Review Commission was established - thanks to MTA advocacy - to review the formula used to determine the level of state support for local public schools. The commission is holding a series of hearings, starting in Danvers on Nov. 17, which you can learn about here. Your voice matters. Please attend and let the commission know what is needed to provide every child in Massachusetts the schools our children deserve.

Performance-based Licensure: Our demands to shut down the DESE proposed connection between licensure and evaluation are rousing members and allies across the state. Click here to join the 6,600 MTA members who have already emailed state education officials to let them know we will not accept these proposals.  And, if you can, attend one of the two remaining DESE "town halls" on this issue, where we will let our thoughts be known loud and clear.

Malden High School, 77 Salem Street

Wed., Nov. 19. Arrive at 4:15 pm for pre-town hall rally.

Bridgewater State University, Crimson Hall - Dunn Conference Room

200 East Campus Drive, Bridgewater

Thurs., Nov. 20. Arrive at 4:15 pm for pre town-hall rally

Petition on Testing: Our allies in Citizens for Public Schools (CPS) are calling for "less testing, more teaching." Please sign and share this petition

Hagopian to Speak Dec. 4 at CPS event:  Because educator activism is spreading here and across the country, save the date to hear Jesse Hagopian, leader of the Seattle teacher test boycott and editor of "More Than a Score," talk about the spreading resistance to high-stakes testing. Jesse will be joined by other contributors to the book, including me. Dec. 4, 7 pm, First Parish Church in Cambridge.

Groton-Dunstable Educators' Association members are among the preK-12 members organizing to win a new contract. The association staged a powerful demonstration at a recent school committee meeting, where more than 70 members showed up in matching red t-shirts and made presentations during the public comments period. Parents also spoke on behalf of the educators.

In solidarity and in anticipation of great things to come,

Barbara