Voting is key to building our power
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BAD FOR OUR SCHOOLS
NO on 2
Y our votes in the 2016 election — to defeat Question 2 and to stop Donald Trump from taking the White House — are critical for
our state, our public schools and our nation.
We are at a crossroads in this country. Corporate
power brokers have set their sights on Massachusetts,
pushing a ballot measure that would undermine and
deeply destabilize public education. If Question 2
passes, beginning on Jan.
1 the state will be able
to approve up to 12 new
charter schools each year
would see massive cuts
leading into the next
school year? Whose
jobs would be lost?
Whose students would be
underserved? How soon
would charters proliferate
in your district?
But the flipside is also true. If we win by
defeating Question 2, we will have established that
the MTA — in coalition with parents, students,
local organizations and other unions — is strong
enough, fierce enough and determined enough to
use our collective power to fight for the schools our
Your phone calls, canvassing and talks with
voters make a difference. Your vote matters, as
do those of your family members, friends and
neighbors. Vote No on 2 — and be sure to work to
get the “No” vote out on Election Day.
While voting for our presidential candidate here
in Massachusetts can feel less crucial because of the
Electoral College system, make no mistake that it
matters. Our votes help send a message to the nation
that we refuse the racist, xenophobic, misogynistic
lies and intimations of violence coming from one
We must declare our commitment to the
candidate who will protect the Supreme Court, assert
union rights and be ready to listen and respond to
our demands for public education as a right: Hillary
Let’s work to make Election Day a day to
celebrate public education, our collective power,
No matter what, we need you to be active in
the campaign. Make phone calls to get out the vote.
Participate in a stand-out on or before Election Day.
Wear your buttons.
Talk to people. Our voices make a difference.
We have to use them.
A nd then, after Nov. 8, let’s use the power we have gained. The commissioner of education is playing dangerous games with the teacher
evaluation system, pretending to improve it but
holding on to test-based rating systems.
The Legislature has done nothing to address
the recommendations of the Foundation Budget
Review Commission regarding school funding.
Our secretary of education continues to push
privatization plans and austerity budgets on
public higher education. And we will need to hold
Clinton’s feet to the fire to ensure that she delivers
on promises of economic and racial justice and
support for real public education.
Let’s hold forums across the state and build our
vision for the schools and colleges our communities
Let’s fight for the Fair Share Amendment
and full funding for public education, from
prekindergarten through graduate school.
Let’s grow the opt-out movement and demand
that assessment be returned to the classroom.
Let’s push back against the educator evaluation
system being used to punish and constrain our
Let’s work to regain seniority rights.
Let’s work together for a living wage for ESPs
and for benefits, fair pay and reasonable employment
expectations for adjuncts.
When we win — the ballot question and the
presidential election — it will not only be because
each of you went out and did your part. It will also
be because lots of allies — from labor and from the
community — worked with us.
We need to remember this — and as we build
our power locally and statewide, we need to stand
for and with these allies on issues that matter: paid
family medical leave, a higher minimum wage,
immigrant rights, an end to the school-to-prison
pipeline, single-payer health care, global warming,
and an end to racism and economic injustice.
We are at a crossroads. Let’s march together for
our students and our communities.
When we win — the
ballot question and the
presidential election — it
will not only be because
each of you went out
and did your part. It will
also be because lots of
allies — from labor and
from the community —
worked with us.