Published On: November 15, 2016

Good morning. Last week was a trying one. There was some good news, and there was some bad. First, we thank those who helped out on Question 2. You were amazing.

You were everywhere. From lawn signs to bumper stickers to buttons — thank you. To those who canvassed, made phone calls, sent postcards, or stood at a rotary — thank you. To our membership which generously donated $300,000 to the Save Our Public Schools Committee to help out on the last-minute push — thank you.

We also thank the leadership in our schools and at Bayside, and in particular our organizing unit, Shanika Holder, Jonathan Rodriquez, and Director Jessica Tang, for going above and beyond 24/7.

We are allowed to rejoice — for a short minute — but as we do so, we need to prepare. President-elect Trump has a few things in mind for our schools, and Governor Baker is not taking his Yes-on-2 defeat lightly.

As we rejoice and learn from our tremendous victory on Q2, we prepare for another day, many more attempts at privatizing, and who knows what on the federal level. Again, thanks to all for their help.

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Please join us for the New Educators Social this Thursday, November 17 from 4:30-7 PM. Come unwind with fellow early career educators and ask questions of BTU staff. Stop by to share, learn and support each other — and bring a friend! Appetizers will be served, drinks available for purchase. If you can make it, RSVP with Jonathan at

We also want to call your attention to the Open Enrollment period for the Flexible Spending Plan. Please see an explanation in the Member News.

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