Bill S. 308 helps students in all public schools in Massachusetts by seeking to provide the schools our communities deserve. It makes crucial updates to the state education funding formula, mandates a moratorium on and replacement of the state’s high-stakes testing regime, promotes community collaboration in improving schools, and provides services critical to student academic and social-emotional development, such as recess for grade-schoolers and appropriate bilingual education services for non-native speakers.
- This bill helps students in all public schools in Massachusetts.
- This bill implements the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.
- This bill requires Massachusetts to rethink its high-stakes testing regime.
- This bill promotes child development.
- This bill promotes community support and involvement in school improvement efforts.
- This bill promotes workplace fairness.
Lead Sponsor: Senator Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury), with Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) the leading House co-sponsor.
These bills were developed through a process that included extensive input from MTA members.
Rethinking public education
MTA priority legislation calls for a moratorium on high-stakes testing and fully funding our schools.
Bills focus on ending adjunct exploitation
The contributions that adjuncts make are enormous, but the compensation is pitiful.
Holes in safety net need patching
Retired MTA members urge legislators to fix holes, bring greater fairness to the system.
ESPs join the fight for $15
Educators support legislation that would boost the state's minimum wage to $15.
Fight continues for adequate education funding
The MTA is pushing for bills that support public schools and colleges and improve conditions for working families and public-sector retirees, even though state budget allocations for the new fiscal year have fallen short of the association’s desired goals.
"Our students’ basic needs must also be addressed if they are to thrive in school."- MTA President Barbara Madeloni
fully funded public schools in The Boston Globe