Note: If your association would like to schedule a retirement workshop at your school, your
local president should call Harold Crowley at 800.392.6175, ext. 8240. Please be aware that
the M TA consultants do not have records of your service, so members are advised to bring
that information along to meetings.
AUBURN — Edward Nelson: first Saturday of
each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Central Office,
48 S word St., Auburn; 508.791.2121, or at home,
QUINC Y — Harold Crowley: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M TA, 2 Heritage
Drive, 9th Floor, Quincy; 617.878.8240 or
800.392.6175, ext. 8240.
CAPE COD — Lawrence Abbruzzi: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barnstable Teachers
Association (B TA), 100 West Main St., Suite #7,
Hyannis; 508.775.8625, or at home, 508.824.9194.
FI TCHBURG — Karen Melanson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg Teachers
Association office, 245 River St., Fitchburg. Call
HOLYOKE — Ron Lech: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Western Office, 55
Bobala Road, Suite 3, Holyoke; 413.537.2335, or at
LYNNFIELD — Peter Mili: third Saturday of each
month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50
Salem St., Building B, Lynnfield; call 617.460.6589.
Barbara Callaghan: fourth Saturday of each month,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Northeast Office, 50 Salem St.,
Building B, Lynnfield; call 978.456.9997.
PI T TSFIELD — Ward F. Johnson: second Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Berkshire
Office, 188 East St., Pittsfield; 413.499.0257, or at
home, 413.443.1722 .
RAYNHAM — Raymond Thompson: third Saturday
of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., M TA Southeast
Office, 756 Orchard Street, third floor, Raynham.
Call Thompson at 617.347.4425.
HIGHER EDUCATION AT-LARGE — Edward McCourt,
The M TA provides individual retirement consultations throughout the
state to assist members. Proof of membership must be submitted when
requesting retirement services. This schedule is in effect from September
to June except at M TA’s Quincy headquarters, which is staffed during the
summer and school vacations.
REGIONAL RETIREMENT CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE
All consultations are now by appointment only during the hours listed.
Public Schools and their opposition to charter
school expansions,” Najimy said. “Yet the
commissioner comes to New Bedford to meet with
Alma Del Mar’s leaders, grants them their demands
and is a willing participant in other pro-charter-
school events sponsored by the forces who backed
the 2016 Question 2 ballot initiative to lift the cap
on charter schools. Commissioner Riley has chosen
to stand with the charter industry and against the
New Bedford Educators Association President
Lou St. John said that the coalition partners will
continue to fight any charter expansion in the city.
The radical hybrid put forward by Riley
still requires many details to be worked out, as
well as approval from the state Legislature. The
commissioner gave the community 45 days to
complete the deal. If it doesn’t, Alma del Mar can
move forward with the larger expansion under the
“There are many problems with this so-called
compromise,” St. John said. “None of our concerns
about funding are addressed in this plan, and it
introduces many new problems, such as forcing
families and students into a charter school that has no
oversight by democratically elected local officials.”
St. John said that he understands the threat of
even more charter school seats being approved for
New Bedford if the Riley deal falls apart, but he
urged local leaders to continue opposing charter
expansions and to work collaboratively with the
NBCSOS to fight instead for fully funded public
schools. The New Bedford Public Schools, he
added, are already underfunded by $40 million a
year because the state has not updated the formula
used to determine education assistance to cities and
T he charter fight in Haverhill also turns on the question of funding. More than 250 Haverhill educators turned out in opposition to the
Wildflower proposal at a public hearing before state
education officials on Dec. 3. The city’s mayor also
testified against the plan.
Haverhill’s public schools already lose over $3.4
million annually to privately run charter schools,
including a Montessori school.
In his testimony, Haverhill Education
Association President Ted Kempinski said that
The Wildflower charter proposal is scheduled to
be voted on by the BESE in February.
More than 250 Haverhill educators turned out in opposition
to the Wildflower proposal at a public hearing before state
education officials on Dec. 3. Haverhill’s public schools already
lose over $3.4 million annually to privately run charter schools.
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