Published On: November 2, 2021
It’s Election Day in Boston! Make sure to get out the vote for Boston City Council, Mayor of Boston, and several other important races across the state. You can find our BTU-endorsed candidates and initiatives on our website. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find your polling place here.

Boston has the only Mayor-appointed School Committee in all of Massachusetts, and BTU is ALL IN to make the Boston School Committee representative of the students, families and communities they represent by allowing voters to elect their committee. Make sure to vote YES on question 3 today! You can visit the campaign’s website for more information. Our BTU-endorsed candidates for Boston City Council are as follows:

  • David Halbert, At-Large
  • Ruthzee Louijeune, At-Large
  • Julia Mejia, At-Large
  • Michael Flaherty, At-Large
  • Lydia Edwards, District 1
  • Edward Flynn,  District 2
  • Evandro Carvalho,  District 4
  • Ricardo Arroyo, District 5
  • Kendra Hicks, District 6
  • Tania Anderson,  District 7
  • Kenzie Bok,  District 8
  • Liz Breadon,  District 9 
Our next membership meeting is next Wednesday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m. It will be virtual on Zoom. As always, registration in advance is needed to verify BTU membership and to receive the link.

Quick reminders for registering: 

  • Please remember that you must register at least one hour in advance, or you will not receive a link.  
  • Each link is unique and cannot be shared.
  • Links are sent after your registration and membership status are verified – please do not register multiple times if you do not immediately receive a link.
  • Remember to include your exact BPS ID# in order to expedite approvals. If you are retired or don’t have an ID# for another reason, please enter “000000″.
Please make sure that you have updated your Zoom account with the latest update before the meeting in order to avoid complications with your link.

We know that the staffing shortages in our district, along with the pandemic-induced social emotional crises our students are going through, are placing additional burdens on those in the schools. We have been advocating for BPS to expedite hiring and deployment of needed personnel, but staffing shortages are widespread across industries and across the country, so if you have friends or family who might be interested in joining BPS as a para, a bus monitor, a cafeteria worker, or a substitute, please encourage them to apply. If you are a retired educator who is interested in substituting in BPS, please apply today!

We are excited to share with you all that the City Council UNANIMOUSLY passed the ordinance that contained the Unafraid Educators Committee’s Learn Without Fear Policy! The ordinance gives the Boston City Council oversight over surveillance technology used by city departments. The section the BTU Unafraid Educators helped to write focuses on Boston Public Schools, and it creates guardrails for what type of incident can lead to a report going from the school district to the Boston Police Department. It prevents potentially harmful information from being included in the reports. Under this new policy, families must be contacted when information has been shared and must also receive copies of the reports in their preferred language. Read more in the Globe story, and get involved with Unafraid Educators! 

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