MEJA Week of Action on Charter Accountability

As part of a larger state-wide coalition, the BTU is participating in actions and awareness building around Commonwealth charters and the important accountability issues including: funding inequities, lack of community accountability, push out and hyper-discipline. On Tuesday, October 13 the State House will be hearing a series of bills designed to lift the cap on Commonwealth charters. Here’s how you can help:

Keep an eye out each day this week on our BTU Facebook page for reports, images and articles to share with your network.

Choose a day to wear your “Public Funds for Public Schools” sticker with other members in your building. Stickers were sent to all Building reps early this week. Tweet and Facebook it with the hashtag

#KeeptheCap. Don’t forget to send it to us at Organizing DirectorJessica Tang.

Come out on Tuesday, October 13 after school to the State House (Gardner Auditorium) and give your testimony on how Commonwealth charter expansion would hurt all students in Boston through even greater cuts to school budgets. Please contact Political Director Angela Cristiani if interested.


Sign the petition to keep the cap on Commonwealth charters!

Come out to the State of Education panel talk with BTU President Stutman, BPS Chief of Staff Makeeba McCreary, City Councilor Tito Jackson and others on Thursday, October 8 at the Roxbury Community College campus Media Arts Building from 6-8 PM (1234 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury Crossing).

Related — Save the Date: What Can We Learn from New Orleans?!

MEJA will be hosting a coffee talk with New Orleans Public Schools parent advocate, organizer and activist Karen Harper Royal onMonday, October 13 from at 10 AM to 12 noon. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jessica to receive location details.

Please plan to join us on Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM at Madison Park for our second annual Parent2Parent conference! The event features parents and educators sharing workshops of their choosing to build greater parent advocacy and engagement within our Boston community. Download flyers.

First New Educator Underground Social of the Year

New educators, please join us for our first New Educator Underground of the year! This is a fun, informal opportunity to learn, share and unwind with other teachers! Appetizers will served, and beer and wine will be available for purchase! Please join us this Friday, October 9 from 4-7 PM at the Savin Hill Bar and Kitchen (112 Savin Hill Ave in Dorchester, steps away from Savin Hill Red Line!). See the flyer.
LGBTQ Committee   

Thursday, October 8 at 4:30 PM, at the JFK School (7 Bolster Street in Jamaica Plain)
APRI Meeting
Thursday, October 15 from 6-7:30 PM, location TBD
Arts Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 20 at The BTU
Restorative Justice Committee
Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 PM at the BTU
Dorchester & Mattapan Meet and Greets!
  • South End: Thursday, October 15 from 3-5:30 PM at Cathedral Station Sports bar and pub located at 1222 Washington Street in Boston. Flyer.
  • South Dorchester & Mattapan: Thursday, October 29 from 4-6 PM at Sweet Life Bakery and Cafe at 2243 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester. Flyer.