A Message from Beth Kontos
Happy Holidays to all. I know the festivities will be different for all of us this year. I will be sharing an eggnog only with the people I live with. We must do what we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus and save our big celebrations for the future. Hang in there as vaccinations are on their way.
December has been filled with actions. In Lawrence, educators safely passed out books, school supplies, and warm clothing to students as they dropped by to pick up groceries at the monthly food distribution. AFT MA joined the MTA in a Community Conversation on Facebook regarding Covid in our schools. You can watch it here. We are planning more joint Facebook events in January to address the socio-emotional needs of our students, the need for improved ventilation and surveillance, Covid-19 testing in our schools, and the call for a Marshall Plan to rebuild our schools better than ever.
In the coming year, we will be calling on you to contact legislators to suspend the MCAS graduation requirement for seniors, to suspend MCAS for this year for all students, and to demand a three year moratorium on MCAS! Of course, our fight for full funding of the Student Opportunity Act will not stop until we have equitable funding that supports the needs of all our students – as the law requires. And on January 12th we will be joining Unions from around the country as we call on president elect to be bold in his actions as he takes the presidency later in the month. Locally, our attention will be focused on our Governor, Legislators, School Committees, and Superintendents to support Educators, Librarians, and Healthcare Workers across the state as we stand united to work through the pandemic.
MassCOSH Stands with Educators and Public Health Advocates in the Fight for Healthy Schools
When it comes to schools and coronavirus, the Baker administration and many school district officials are spreading misinformation and trying to pit families and teachers against each other. With COVID-19 ravaging our communities, we need to listen to the science and the demands of educators, not ignore them. To combat misinformation, MassCOSH created a video, Four Myths about Schools and COVID-19.
President Beth Kontos Responds to the Vile and Hurtful Denigration of Teachers’ Unions
Take Action to Protect Boston Public Librarians' Ordering Ability
Wentworth Faculty Take Vote of No Confidence in Wentworth Administration
2021 Scholarship Program
Every year AFT Massachusetts awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are dependents of AFT Massachusetts members. The awards, named in honor of former AFT leaders Kathy Kelley, Albert Shanker and Sandra Feldman, and for long-time AFT Massachusetts field representative Jay Porter, are awarded on the basis of a labor history exam administered by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
A Call for Nominations
Events for AFT Members - click here to learn more and to register for the events!
- Building a Bridge to a Better Tomorrow Day of Action - Tuesday, January 12, 2021
- Member Benefits Workshop - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Member Benefits Workshop - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
- Member Benefits Workshop - Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
- Book talk with the authors of the A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door and President Beth Kontos - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
- Grassroots Campaign Virtual Training Event - Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
- Member Benefits Workshop - Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
- Member Benefits Workshop - Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
- Member Benefits Workshop - Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
- AFT Massachusetts 2021 Annual Virtual Convention - Saturday, May 1, 2021