06302014 - Update on keeping the cap on charter schools

In response to our persistent work in opposition to raising the cap on charter schools, The Race to the Top Coalition will gather Monday at the State House to urge the Senate to raise the cap. The Boston Foundation is one of the leaders of this group. We must continue to urge our members to contact their state senators to urge them to oppose raising the cap. The link below will enable all to easily send an email. Of course, a call or a letter is also welcome, but sending an email is very easy. ACT NOW.


06252014 - Board of Ed Vote will Affect Development of Charters

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 24, 2014….State education officials on Tuesday approved a major change to the way the state evaluates the performance of school districts, drawing the ire of charter school advocates who argued the new formula will limit school choices for low-income families in a handful of cities.


06252014 - AFT MA has a NEW Facebook page!

AFT MA has a NEW Facebook page! Come check out our NEW Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aftma

  • "Like" us at www.facebookcom/aftma and become part of our community
  • Get up-to-date announcements, advice and news
  • Find friends, colleagues, and like-minded people

We hope to have you as our "friend" soon!

Thank you!

Matt Robinson - AFT Massachusetts
June 24, 2014


06232014 - Focus Group for Educators

The Focus Group for Educators is part of a DESE-led, multi-month initiative to re-evaluate licensure and re-licensure. The initiative could result in significant policy changes.  The focus group is open to all teachers in the Merrimack Valley area (Andover, Methuen, etc.), but it will be important to have Lawrence teachers at the table to help guide the decision-making. Please make an effort to attend.


06192014 - Educator Licensure Forum - June 25th

The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education along with the Keystone Center will be hosting a series of focus group discussions on the topic of educator licensure.  They are seeking important feedback from teachers and other educators on the development of a new licensure system. On Wednesday, June 25th in Lawrence at the Spark Academy/South Lawrence East Complex from 3:30-5:00, they will be hosting a session dedicated to teachers and want to hear from them! We hope that you will be able to attend.