By Jean Conley
B ob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and a former
governor of West Virginia, will provide
the keynote address at MTA’s 168th
Annual Meeting of Delegates.
The Meeting of Delegates will run
from Friday, May 10, to Saturday, May
11, at the Hynes Convention Center in
Boston. Wise will address delegates on
Friday. A question-and-answer session
Under Wise’s stewardship, the
alliance has built a reputation as a
respected authority on high school
policy. The alliance advocates for
reform in America’s secondary
education system and works to ensure
that all students graduate from high
school prepared either for college or a
In 2010, Wise co-chaired the
Digital Learning Council, and he
currently chairs the National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards.
As governor of West Virginia from
2001 to 2005, Wise fought for and
signed legislation to fund a scholarship
program known as PROMISE, which
has helped thousands of West Virginia
high school graduates continue their
education. He also helped establish a
character education curriculum in the
In 2001, Wise championed
salary bonuses for teachers who
achieved national board certification.
The proposal passed, and the rate of
national certification in West Virginia
MTA President Paul Toner said
Wise’s stewardship of the Alliance
for Excellent Education and his close
attention to issues affecting secondary
schools set him apart.
“Governor Wise understands how
great schools with motivated staff and
Meeting to feature impressive agenda
forward-looking curricula produce the
next generation of adults. In fact, he
wrote the book on it,” Toner said.
Wise is the author of “Raising
the Grade: How High School Reform
Can Save Our Youth and Our
Nation,” which chronicles the costly
neglect of secondary education in
the United States and the challenges
facing students as technology and
postsecondary requirements rise
Wise “tells real-world stories of
high schools, writing eloquently about
the nearly six million students at risk
of dropping out,” said Toner, “but
he also tells stories of success and
explains ways of getting there.”
The 2013 Annual Meeting will
also feature numerous other speakers,
along with award presentations,
contests for elective positions and
action on the association budget, dues,
proposed bylaws and resolutions, and
new business items.
A n MTA Friend of Education Award will be given to Paul Reville, who recently
completed nearly five years as the
Massachusetts secretary of education.
As Governor Deval Patrick’s top
education advisor, Reville established
the Executive Office of Education.
His stewardship extended from
early education to K- 12 and higher
education in the state with the nation’s
highest student achievement. Reville
has played a leading role on matters
ranging from securing billions of
dollars for increased investment in
local school funding through the
Education Reform Act of 1993 to
supporting efforts to improve labor-
management relationships in education
in his practice and as secretary of
Since stepping down from his
post in January, Reville has returned
to the Harvard Graduate School of
Education. He has been a faculty
member at Harvard since 1997 and
served as the director of the Education
Policy and Management Program.
The MTA Friend of Labor Award
will be given to Massachusetts state
Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington).
As a senator, Donnelly, a former union
firefighter in Lexington, has focused,
among other things, on protecting
public employee pensions, municipal
health care and collective bargaining,
as well as improving “middle-skills”
training for jobs in expanding sectors
of the Massachusetts economy such as
advanced manufacturing, clean energy
and health care.
Kathleen Turner, the 2013
Massachusetts Teacher of the Year,
will also address the Annual Meeting
on Saturday morning.
Turner decided in eighth grade
that she wanted to be a French teacher.
“I did not become a teacher — I am
a teacher,” Turner said when she was
named Teacher of the Year.
As a teacher at Sharon High
School, she regularly takes students
to Paris during spring break and has
established an exchange program
with a school in Rouen, France.
Chuck Fazzio, president of the Sharon
Teachers Association, has called
Turner “the very best and brightest of
what we all are.”
T he Annual Meeting will be called to order at 12: 30 p.m. on May 10. That day’s session will
include leadership reports delivered
by Toner, MTA Vice President Tim
Sullivan and Executive Director-Treasurer Ann Clarke. A report on the
Public Relations/Organizing Campaign
will be delivered by Sullivan.
Saturday’s call to order at 9 a.m.
will precede the presentation of awards
and other business, including voting
to fill vacancies on the Executive
Committee, the Board of Directors and
the Retired Members Committee.
The MTA’s proposed operating
budget of $42,542,090 for fiscal 2013-
2014 will be presented and voted on.
The Advisory Budget Committee, the
Executive Committee and the Board of
Directors have proposed annual dues
of $456 for full-time active members,
a $6 increase over last year. Dues for
secretaries, clerks and custodians would
be $274, while dues for aides, food
service personnel and other education
support professionals would be $137.
In addition, a proposed $30 dues
assessment related to the PR/Organizing
budget will be addressed. The amount is
unchanged from last year.
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