Less than one month before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to vote, the commissioner has come up with a new plan that he's calling MCAS 2.0. It's a new MCAS test infused with PARCC items. When the plan was unveiled on Monday, one BESE member said that she had "approximately a million questions" about it. So do we. Go here for more on PARCC and here for more on the moratorium.
Now is a great time to spread these messages: LESS TESTING, MORE LEARNING and NO TO PARCC. Member activism made a huge difference in the debate over tying licenses to test scores and mandating TS GOLD. Together, we have changed the public conversation about testing, charters and funding issues. Let's keep up the momentum. If 25 or more members from a local or region need transportation to the hearing, the MTA will pay for a bus. Talk to your local association president. Also stay tuned for an easy-to-send message to BESE members on this issue.
Update on the "Millionaires' Tax": Great work so far getting signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts ballot question. MTA members have signed the petitions themselves and collected thousands of signatures from others. MTA staff members drove all around the state on Wednesday, delivering thousands of petitions to city and town clerks for certification. We have just over three weeks to collect the remaining signatures needed.
Senate focuses on charters: Testimony from MTA members and our allies against charter schools at the hearing on Oct. 13 is making a difference in the State House, as are your e-mail messages to legislators. An important meeting is scheduled for next week in the Senate. Please go here to send your e-mail if you haven't done so already. Together we can #KeeptheCap.