Sunday, August 23, 2015

Teacher on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) forbidden, by law, to have public school educators serve as members
YES, you, as well as many people, may be shocked to learn that: :" current law forbids public school educators from serving as members of the BESE — the board that governs our profession,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Most educators are not even able to attend board meetings because those meetings are almost always held during school hours. Currently, individuals who stand to profit from decisions made by the BESE are welcome to hold seats on the board, but no place is designated for professional educators."
There is a high school student on the board, and there is one labor representative, but there is not one active teacher or paraprofessional."
“It’s time for the BESE to include the experts in the field on the board that governs them,” Madeloni said.
H. 375 and S. 269 are House and Senate versions of a bill that would add two educator representatives to the BESE — one nominated by the MTA and the other by AFT Massachusetts. These will be among the bills heard by the Joint Committee on Education at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Room A-2 of the State House.
YOU can help by get representatives on the board by:

Clicking here for a link to a petition to be signed by currently active preK-12 educators.
Clicking here for a link to a petition to be signed by retired educators, higher education members, parents and others who support the proposal..
Thanks for your attention.

Sherley A. Phillips
24th Senate District Coordinator: Sen. Brian Joyce
Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties

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