Candidate for MTA President: Barbara Madeloni
Where we are:
n Education workers have lost autonomy and
respect. Top-down mandates and high-stakes testing
are narrowing the curriculum, and evaluations reduce
our work and our students to numbers. With fewer
and fewer resources, we work under constant threat
of job loss and the specter of reduced retiree health
n Corporate interests are using high-stakes
testing, teacher evaluations and charter schools to
attack education workers, profit from the public
dollar, privatize public education and bust our
n We have negotiated and compromised in the
hope that this would stave off the assault on public
education, but each year we lose more ground,
while our members grow increasingly cynical and
Where we can be:
n Public education can be a space to nurture
the whole child: to develop creativity, imagination,
empathy, critical questioning, and our democratic
n Union leadership can name the assault on
public education and work with members, parents,
students and community organizers to build a
movement countering corporate reform, with a
renewed vision of high-quality public education as a
n Our union can develop alliances and strategies
to engage in the struggle for economic and racial
justice, for autonomy and democracy in all
workplaces, and for the well-being of the children
and communities in which we work.
How we will get there:
n We will initiate conversations within and
across locals to develop strategies that mobilize our
union to resist corporate-driven reforms and reclaim
a broad vision for public education.
n I will spend one day a week traveling to locals
n We will use the political power and influence
of the MTA to the fullest extent — including
collective action — to assert that our working
conditions are our students’ learning conditions.
n We will hold community forums to discuss the
impact of over-testing, develop strategies to resist
high-stakes testing and put assessment back into the
hands of educators.
n We will grow alliances across locals to
demand fair wages and benefits, autonomy on the
job, collective voice in the workplace, and respect
for the professional knowledge of all education
workers, whether they are ESPs, preK- 12 teachers,
or in higher education.
n We will organize across the state for a
progressive tax that fully and equitably funds
our public schools and universities, as well as
providing for the well-being of the people of
n We will ally with national education union
activists in the larger campaign to preserve
public education, social justice and the democratic
Together we can roll back the corporate assault
and reclaim education. Become a delegate.
Vote for Barbara Madeloni on May 10.
B arbara Madeloni taught high school English before becoming a teacher educator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Currently secretary of the Massachusetts Society
of Professors, she served on the negotiating team at
Frontier Regional School.
She emerged as a national leader in resisting
corporate reform while supporting prospective
educators who refused to participate in a Pearson,
Inc., field test of a standardized high-stakes
assessment of student teachers.
She is running under the banner of Educators
for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus in the
Find out more:
Message from the Committee to Elect
n E-mail Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org