American Rescue Plan Act
Invest in public education

New federal aid provides an unprecedented opportunity to bring about the schools and colleges that our students deserve.

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Are you safe at school?

Use our new tracking tool to document and/or report on cases of COVID-19 at your school or college.

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CANCEL MCAS
What if they gave a test and nobody came?

Parents, educators and students agree with the MTA: It’s time to cancel MCAS testing!

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MTA calls for safeguards in fall school guidance

We all want our students in school, as we have said consistently. The vast majority of students learn better when they are taught in person. Educators’ unions and our allies have advocated for and won significant public health measures that make in-person learning as safe as possible.

With that said, the Baker administration must recognize that the pandemic is not over and that there are many variables to keep an eye on throughout the summer and into the fall.

Read MTA President Merrie Najimy's Full Statement

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Resources Available to MTA Locals and Chapters

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal government is making an unprecedented investment in public education from prekindergarten through higher education. Now is the time to organize and advocate for how that money is spent to benefit our students and our communities. Visit massteacher.org/arparesources to access the collection of resources, materials and strategies available to MTA local associations and chapters.

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New federal aid to benefit state and local public education

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The measure provides substantial resources for Massachusetts schools, colleges and universities. It also provides funding for individuals, for other targeted priorities, and for state and local governments.

The information is now available on the education funding itself and on the aid to state and local governments that can also be used to support public education. The following are some important points:

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Are you safe at work? New tool helps educators track, report COVID-19 cases

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A new tracking tool is now available to help educators document cases of COVID-19 at work.

The tracker, available at stopthespread.massteacher.org, allows educators to:

  • Search for known and suspected cases of COVID-19 at their public school, college or workplace
  • Report on safety conditions at their school, college or worksite
  • Share the experience of working in public education during the coronavirus pandemic

The tracker, developed by the MTA and AFT Massachusetts, is designed to give local associations, members and their families useful information as well as hold our elected officials accountable.

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Health and Safety Resources 
Checklist for In-Person Learning

A list of questions to help ensure the safest possible environment for in-person learning.

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Bargaining and Online Resources for MTA Members

Resources and tools for bargaining health and safety conditions.

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Building Safety Checklist

A list of preparations to incorporate with your local association's building safety plan.

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Information Request/Demand to Bargain

Request form based on MGL ch. 150E.

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A Guide for Bargaining the Safe Return to Schools and Campuses

Policies and practices for a safe return to our schools and campuses.

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