The state is underfunding our schools by more than $1 billion a year.
Massachusetts loves its public schools and colleges, but too many students are being left behind by inadequate state support. The MTA and its coalition partners are launching an ambitious campaign to win the funding that our students, educators and communities deserve by May 1, 2019.
The campaign begins with members talking with one another and residents of their communities about the public schools and colleges they want. Activities include holding forums, member meetings and house parties at which educators, students, parents and other community residents share their vision and ideas.
Policymakers must feel the heat. Members are strongly encouraged to develop their own actions. Statewide efforts will include asking members across Massachusetts to urge their local School Committees and public higher education Boards of Trustees to approve resolutions calling for more funding, distributing leaflets at public events and using social media to advocate for funding initiatives.
Guaranteeing the resources our students and communities deserve will ultimately require new revenues. We will be urging members to join local and statewide actions to win passage of progressive revenue measures, either in the State House or – if necessary – on the ballot.