Board Meeting Notes
Next Executive Board Meeting ~ Jan. 5 ~ South ~ 3:15
T0: S.T.A. Membership
From: John Gunning, S.T.A. President
Here are a few updates on issues that are important to our members.
MTA Board approves legislative agenda
The MTA Board voted on Dec. 6 to approve an ambitious legislative package. This agenda is based on the positive vision for public education that our members have been telling us they believe in and want their union to support. It includes:
To win on any of these issues, we will need a well-informed and fully engaged membership.
Speak out against Fitchburg charter on Dec. 11
Show your support for Fitchburg educators, parents and students by speaking out against the proposed Academy for the Whole Child Charter School at a public hearing from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. The proposed charter school faces strong opposition from the Fitchburg City Council, the Fitchburg Education Association and a community group called Fitchburg Public Schools First.
More than 200 turn out to fight Brockton charter
Parents, educators, students and elected officials turned out in large numbers on Dec. 8 to testify against the proposed New Heights Charter School in Brockton. Many spoke passionately about the great public school education they have received and how opening a charter to serve college-bound students - while leaving high-need students behind - is not wanted or needed. Anthony Wright (left), 14, testified that he has successfully coped with autism and is doing well in school, thanks to the caring teachers and effective programs in the Brockton Public Schools.
In solidarity, and in anticipation of many great things ahead,