A Message from President Kontos
The grant received by the AFT MA has been instrumental in creating fun and informative back to school events across the state — events which helped us demonstrate our commitment to reopening schools safely. Our top priorities for these events were reconnecting with students and their families and sharing information regarding masks and vaccines, but we also made them fun with food, ice cream, books, and school supplies for all. At most events vaccines were offered to the community and we were successful at encouraging individuals to get their shot. In one case, a formerly vaccine-hesitant paraprofessional president was vaccinated, in a great example to the community. Some of our events were put together in a great partnership with the district administration, while others were done without them, but all of the events helped create excitement about the return to school with an emphasis on safety.
The pictures above are from the September Back to School Fair hosted by the New Bedford Federation of Paraprofessionals.
#AFTVoices Member Spotlight Series
Students Need Support, Staffing, and Resources, Not High-Stakes Standardized Testing, to Address the Effects of the Pandemic and Poverty
The MCAS test, highly correlated with student socioeconomic status, has always been a flawed and unreliable measure of both student learning and school quality. This was never truer than last school year, when the MCAS was administered in a haphazard manner during a global pandemic that exposed and amplified deep social and educational inequities.
AFT Massachusetts Member Profile: Amesbury's Tia Costello is Developing Civics Professional Development Curricula
Take the Fair Share Amendment Vote Pledge
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Is Available for AFT Members With Student Debt
- Do you or a family member have student loan debt?
- Are you struggling to make monthly payments or worrying about student loans following you throughout your life?
- Are you tired of getting phone calls from loan servicers, or concerned about how to tell scams from genuine help when it comes to debt forgiveness?
Discount for AFT Members
As AFT members, the New England Revolution would like to thank you for all that you do by offering a discount on Revs tickets! You are able to use this discount for various seat locations to any of our remaining 2021 regular season home games! Click here and buy a ticket today!
The financial professionals of Teacher Retirement Solutions (TRS) have partnered with AFT Massachusetts and specialize in providing independent financial guidance, strategies and solutions to educators, school employees, librarians and their families throughout New England. Join TRS’ John Gregorio, a Certified Financial Planner, on November 10 via Zoom for a comprehensive workshop for prospective retirees. The Massachusetts' public employee retirement formula, Social Security and living in retirement will be among the topics discussed. An automated email with the details of the Zoom meeting will be sent to members that complete the form linked here.
Member Benefits Workshop for AFT members
Looking for AFT Massachusetts Branded Gear
Looking for AFT Massachusetts branded apparel?
AFT Massachusetts members are welcome to visit our online store to purchase AFT Massachusetts branded gear! The online store will be "open" during the month of October and products will be delivered to each local president for distribution on or around Thanksgiving. Check out our online store today!