Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Your Voice Matters: District Determined Measures

 

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Dear MTA Member:

I think this much is safe to say: there is no MTA member that looks forward to implementing District Determined Measures (DDMs). Well, now is your chance to help do something about that.

Our Government Relations Division has been working hard on advocating for great investment in public education in the state budget and to get rid of DDMs.

Unfortunately, the House did not eliminate DDMs in their budget. So, the action now moves to the Senate. 

We're telling senators that the recent passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides Massachusetts the opportunity to remove high-stakes testing and arbitrary scoring from teacher evaluations. We're proposing the elimination of the impact rating mandate on educator evaluations while keeping indicators of student learning as a source of evidence in the educator development and evaluation process.

Your voice matters: call your senator and the Senate President (617-722-1500) right now to advocate for education funding and let them know it's time to say good bye to DDMs. Ask all of your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Contact your Senate District Coordinator and see if you can schedule a meeting with your senator.

As time draws closer to a vote, we may be asking for more from you.

A list of the senator's phone numbers is found below. If you don't know who you senator is you can find them by clicking here.

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Phone Number

Senator

Mike

Barrett

617-722-1572

Senator

Mike

Brady

617-722-1200

Senator

William

Brownsberger

617-722-1280

Senator

Harriette

Chandler

617-722-1544

Senator

Sonia

Chang-Diaz

617-722-1673

Senator

Cynthia 

Creem

617-722-1639

Senator

Vinny

deMacedo

617-722-1330

Senator

Sal N.

DiDomenico

617-722-1650

Senator

Kenneth J.

Donnelly

617-722-1432

Senator

Eileen

Donoghue

617-722-1630

Senator

Linda

Dorcena Forry

617-722-1150

Senator

Benjamin 

Downing

617-722-1625

Senator

James B.

Eldridge

617-722-1120

Senator

Ryan

Fattman

617-722-1420

Senator

Jennifer L.

Flanagan

617-722-1230

Senator

Anne

Gobi

617-722-1540

Senator

Donald

Humason

617-722-1415

Senator

Patricia D.

Jehlen

617-722-1578

Senator

Brian A.

Joyce

617-722-1643

Senator

John

Keenan

617-722-1494

Senator

Eric

Lesser

617-722-1291

Senator

Jason

Lewis

617-722-1206

Senator

Barbara

L'Italien

617-722-1612

Senator

Joan

Lovely

617-722-1410

Senator

Thomas M.

McGee

617-722-1350

Senator

Mark C.

Montigny

617-722-1440

Senator

Michael O.

Moore

617-722-1485

Senator

Kathleen

O'Connor Ives

617-722-1604

Senator

Marc R.

Pacheco

617-722-1551

Senator

Michael

Rodrigues

617-722-1114

Senator

Stanley

Rosenberg

617-722-1500

Senator

Richard J.

Ross

617-722-1555

Senator

Mike

Rush

617-722-1348

Senator

Karen E.

Spilka

617-722-1640

Senator

Bruce E.

Tarr

617-722-1600

Senator

James E.

Timilty

617 722-1222

Senator

James

Welch

617-722-1660

Senator

Daniel

Wolf

617-722-1570

  

Thank you!

 


Monday, May 9, 2016

The New Bedford Educators Association will honor Mr. Christopher Cotter and Mr. Jim Stevens with its 2016 “Friend of Education” Award.

The New Bedford Educators Association will honor Mr. Christopher Cotter and Mr. Jim Stevens with its 2016 “Friend of Education” Award.

Throughout his career as a police officer and current member of the New Bedford School Committee, Mr. Cotter has been an invaluable asset to teachers and our city’s young people.  During his brief tenure on the School Committee, Mr. Cotter has advocated for policies that promote true teaching and learning.

Since founding Gifts to Give in 2008, Mr. Stevens has become a philanthropic leader in our region.  Gifts to Give has taken a multi-faceted approach to helping those in need and improving literacy.  Mr. Stevens has also been a major booster of the NBEA Scholarship Fund and has begun an annual winter social for New Bedford’s teachers.


The awards will be conferred during the NBEA’s annual retirement celebration on Friday, June 17.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Lou St. John's comments to the School Committee regarding the new Unit Agreement


Mayor Mitchell, Members of the School Committee, and Dr. Durkin:

The New Bedford Educators Association and the New Bedford School Committee negotiated for over 13 months, a successor Unit A contractOn April 6thwe reached a Tentative Agreement and on Thursday, May 5thNBEA members ratified the Agreement. This is an agreement with many significant changes. One major change deals with Elementary planning time.


Our elementary educators having been asking for daily planning time for as long as I’ve been a teacher and this is my 32nd year as an educator


For the first time in history, all Elementary Professional Employees will have guaranteed planning time every day, and classroom teachers, preschool teachers, art, music, physical education, and technology teachers will have planning time twice a day. This is a huge achievement for kids and our teachers.


Our children, the reason why we are all here, will now receive art, music, physical education and technology every week. This is something that our children will enjoy immensely. 


Negotiating a new contract is never easy. It takes a lot of time and commitment on the part of those who serve on the teamsThose that served on the teams gave up time from away their families. To me that is a huge sacrifice, especially for those with children.


We’ve done our part negotiating this agreementNow it’s your turn to make sure that it is implemented seamlessly.


It is crucial that you make sure that every change is rolled out as agreed. Every provision of the agreement and every understanding must be followed to the letterThere can be absolutely no room for error.  


You must be as committed to this agreement as our educators are committed to our children. The stakes are high and our children andeducators are counting on you


Thank you