Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Please send an e-mail TODAY to let state education officials know you oppose the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's dangerous "performance-based licensure" proposal to link your state license to your school-based evaluation and/or student test scores.
The MTA is strongly opposed to this plan and has sent a letter to Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education calling for them to rescind it immediately. If enacted, this plan would drive excellent current and prospective teachers out of our public schools.
The "performance-based licensure" issue is currently in the policy "options" phase."None of the above!" is our response to all of the options proposed. Let us gather our strength as a union and tell DESE to end the disrespect, stop wasting time and money, and reject this idea now.
Act now to tell state education officials, "None of the above!" The sooner we kill this idea, the sooner we can focus on initiatives that will actually help our students succeed in school and in life.
Todd Gazda, Superintendent, Ludlow Public Schools: By the pricking of my thumbs another mandate this ...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
To the Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education
Barbara Madeloni: "As I have traveled the state listening to our members this fall, I am moved by the simplicity of what we ask: well-resourced schools in every community; a commitment to teaching the whole child; freedom to teach to the beautiful diversity of our student populations; autonomy to do our jobs; respect for our expertise; and the time to do our jobs well - free from fear, unhelpful mandates and threats of job loss and school takeovers." Barbara's full testimony is here.
|Carlos Rojas Alvarez|
Tracy Novick: "I hope you will listen to school committee members describe meeting increased need with decreasing resources; we are well beyond the point of 'doing more with less.' I hope you will hear us clearly when we tell you that what our schools DO and the growth our students show is more than a 'technicality' or a political game. Stay strong on student growth, or just fess up and start ranking us by parental income and education level. It would be more honest. I hope that you will each make a point of listening, not only to those who can afford to come before you at 8:30 on Tuesday morning in Malden, but to so many who cannot." Full testimony is here.
The immediate response to our new Less Testing, More Learning petition has confirmed our suspicion that there is a lot of passionate interest in resisting the testing onslaught in Massachusetts. In just two days, the petition garnered almost 1,000 signers from cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Many are adding comments like this one from Joanna DelMonico in Billerica: "I teach at community college. Students constantly ask 'will this be on the test?' No love of learning!!! Stop high stakes testing." Or how about this from Deborah Milligan in Somerville: "I'm a high school public school teacher. The testing is causing anxiety among the children to such an extent that they can't learn because they are too anxious to do it. Stop this train!!!"
Have you signed and shared with all your friends and contacts yet by email, Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth? No? What are you waiting for? Click here to sign.