The following testimony on Level 5 plans in Holyoke and New Bedford was delivered by MTA Vice President Tim Sullivan to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on April 29, 2014. The MTA is asking state education officials to change "turnaround" plans for schools in Holyoke and New Bedford.
In addition to this testimony, I am providing each of you with a short video of interviews with Morgan teachers who want to share their views but can’t be here today to testify. I urge you to watch it. The teachers speak from the heart and from their many years of experience in urban education.
We urge you to give serious consideration to the appeals that our local associations will be filing seeking changes to both plans.