Join MATT DAMON at the Backpack Full of Cash Premiere on September 13

Please join us for the Boston premiere of the acclaimed documentary Backpack Full of Cash on Wednesday, September 13 from 7-9:30 PM. Immediately following the film, Matt Damon, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, BTU President Jessica Tang, the filmmakers and others will discuss how we can stop the corporatization of our public schools. Backpack Full of Cash explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. See the Facebook event for details!

Back to School Fair: Saturday, September 23

Please plan to join us from 1-3 PM on Saturday, September 23 for our Back to School Fair! We have flyers available in six languages on our website. We will need volunteers September 20-22 to get the books ready for the fair. Get details, sign up to help, or reserve a community resource table at

Progressive Education Network Conference in Boston: October 5-7

Please plan to join the Progressive Education Network for their PEN 2017 National Conference which will take place from October 5-7, this year here in Boston at the Back Bay Events Center and at Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain. Read more and register.

Boston Parent Needs Assessment: Saturday, September 9

Join Boston parents and guardians from 9:30 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, September 9 at the BTU for an opportunity to speak with other community members about violence in our city and the needs of parents our children. Read more.

Back to School Toolkits and First Meeting Info

We have updated the PowerPoint to adapt and share (find it under Back to School Resources). If you do not have a Building Rep or have not received your packet, please email ASAP! Remember that ALL members, both current and new, must fill out the updated membership card or update their information online and turn it in to you to bring to the first membership meeting on Wednesday, September 13.

Building Rep Conference: October 13-15

Please register for the 2017 Annual Building Rep Conference! This year’s conference will take place at the Dedham Hilton Hotel from Friday, October 13 at 5 PM through Sunday, October 15 at noon. There is no cost to attend the conference when rooming with another Building Rep or commuting, but a deposit check of $250 is required before the September 30 deadline. Please read details about the conference and register today!

Don’t forget to check out all Building Rep Resources on the BTU website.