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happen without providing professional support and
fair, constructive evaluations. Teachers should never
be fired for arbitrary and capricious reasons — such
as making room for a new hire who is paid less or
who has a personal connection to someone in the
n It amplifies the teacher’s voice, to the
benefit of students. It is common knowledge
that non-PTS teachers are often afraid to speak
out at school committee meetings, challenge an
administrator’s decision to deny needed services to a
special education student, or walk an informational
picket line. If teachers had no PTS protection,
the teaching force would be far less effective at
advocating for what students and educators need.
n It forces administrators to do their jobs.
An estimated 50 percent of all teachers are gone in
the first five years. They are either nonrenewed or
they leave voluntarily. Those who do survive those
difficult early years deserve to have fair and thorough
evaluations and quality professional development to
help them continue to improve. When those supports
are provided, the vast majority of teachers succeed.
For the few who do not, dismissal or counseling out
is the right course. No one is guaranteed a job for
life, but everyone should receive due process.
Madeloni said she understands firsthand the
importance of due process rights. Her contract at
the University of Massachusetts in Amherst was not
renewed after an article appeared in The New York
Times featuring her support of students who were
boycotting a proposed national assessment system
for student teachers that UMass was piloting.
“I know what it means to be targeted for
speaking out. I am passionate about protecting the
due process and free speech rights of our members,”
Madeloni said. “It mattered more than I can say to
have my union defending me.”
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