At the BTU we are continuing to advocate for the funding our students and schools need. Representatives in the Massachusetts House have yet to vote on a bill that would take steps towards correcting the 25-year-old funding formula. The House is long overdue on its responsibility to update this formula. If they allow the clock to run out on this bill that the Senate unanimously approved, it would be a disservice to students across the Commonwealth.
Read the full Herald article and take action by calling or emailing Jeffrey Sanchez, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, at 617-722-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Get involved with our Boston Education Justice Alliance (BEJA) and the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance (MEJA). See below for information about a June 23 MEJA meeting.
Unfortunately, we have been dealt another blow to school funding as the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts struck down the Fair Share “Millionaire’s Tax” yesterday. As we head into summer, our organizing efforts are of utmost importance, especially as we prepare for the impending Janus decision. It’s not too late to sign up for our Summer Organizing Institute.
Seeking New Member of Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Panel
There is an opening for a new BTU appointee on the PAR Panel, which governs the Peer Assistance and Review Program. For more information about this paid opportunity which entails significant additional work, please see the Boston PAR website and the job description of panel members. Questions about the role can be directed to PAR Panel members at lfranty@bostonpublicschools.
Apply to Be a Building Rep Regional Leader for SY18-19
Building Regional Rep Leaders (BRRL) will play an important role in improving communication from the school level to the BTU organization to address member issues and create a more inclusive and responsive union. BRRLs support a set of schools identified by the school’s respective needs from school building reps. Apply by June 20.
Still Time to Support Undocumented Boston Grads
BTU Unafraid Educators have created a scholarship to help fill the gaps for undocumented graduates. Help us meet our goal!
Mass Ed Justice Alliance (MEJA) Convening: Saturday, June 23
The Mass Ed Justice Alliance is hosting its first statewide meeting of activists on Saturday, June 23 from 9-2:30 PM in Worcester. Learn how far we’ve come, share skill-building workshops to help our movement, and come to consensus on action steps statewide for winning on our #FundOurSchools and #DebtFreeFuture campaigns. Please RSVP by emailing Jonathan at email@example.com, and invite friends on Facebook.