Major media outlets covered the March 20 Boston Teachers Union rally outside the Bolling Building when more than 1,000 nurses, paraprofessionals, teachers, service providers, ABAs, students, parents, union members and other community supporters made a strong statement calling for the schools and contract our #StudentsDeserve!
More than 1,000 teachers, parents and school staff rallied outside of the Boston Public Schools headquarters and into a School Committee meeting on Wednesday to demand a new contract.
The Boston Teachers Union is pushing for a new contract that would boost funding for inclusion, social and emotional wellness and homelessness supports. The rally was being held outside Bruce Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury.
“If funding is cut they won’t receive the supports they need and they don’t have as many supports as they need now,” said teacher Natalya Betzig.
From the Boston Globe, Teachers push for more student services at rally:
Holding signs showing a brown fist clutching a red apple, the Boston Teachers Union and its supporters rallied outside of School Department headquarters Wednesday to demand additional school nurses, guidance counselors, and psychologists to improve help for vulnerable students.
They demanded one full-time nurse and one full-time guidance counselor in every school and additional “social-emotional learning” support — such as social workers and psychologists — “to help secure our students’ mental, physical, and emotional health,” the union said in a press release.
“We are fighting for special education done right,’’ union president Jessica Tang told cheering supporters in Dudley Square.“As educators we know that …every student who walk through our door is precious. …We show up and we will fight for what is right’’ for them.
From the Boston Herald, Boston Public Schools teachers and supporters rally for new contract:
Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and concerned citizens circled around the Boston Public School’s district office to rally for teacher contract negotiations they say will help improve schools.
“We need to speak the truth about our broken school system,” said Rosalinda Mindence, a student support staff member at Boston Day and Evening Academy. “I see the day-to-day struggle our students go through and our teachers can’t provide what they need, they don’t have the resources. Do we call this equality and justice in education… how can we support students if we aren’t supported or heard?”
More than 7,500 BPS teachers have been working without a contract since August 2018.
“There is a lot of agreement to improve our schools, the disagreement is how to best improve them,” Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang said. “This is a reaffirmation of our solidarity and support of what we’re fighting for and show of unity for what we believe in.”
From Telemundo, Comunidad protesta por mejoras educativas:
Más de mil personas se reunieron en una protesta a las afueras del edificio Bolling para solicitar al Departamento de Escuelas Públicas de Boston que apoye a padres y maestros en una lucha para lograr una serie de mejoras educativas.
From Schoolyard News, Posters, pickets, and a ukulele as budget vote nears:
As the March 27 date of the School Committee budget vote approaches, schools ramped up their appeals to reverse damaging personnel cuts, while hundreds of Boston Teachers Union members and supporters demonstrated for a better contract at the BPS’s Bolling Building headquarters.
The BTU contract situation is separate from the budget. The budget numbers are based on the current BTU contract. When a new contract is signed, the mayor will submit a supplemental budget to fund it.