Every Springfield Student Has A
        Basic Right To Great Public Schools                                                                                     

The Contract -Agreement Between Springfield School Committee and the Springfield Education Association - Pilot School Memorandum of Agreement Request for Proposal -SEEDS
Legislative Board (Association Representatives)

Springfield Education Association
1000 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109
phone (413) 782-8300
fax (413) 783-8812

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Democratic Forum  May 21, 2014

2014 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

Springfield Public Schools announced the names of 26 teachers who comprise the Class of 2014 "Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award" recipients.  This award acknowledges an educator's high degree of professionalism, subject knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, student impact, and support for colleagues.  The recipients are......

Springfield Teachers, Visit Tools 4 Teaching
(SPS School ID Required)

TOOLS 4 TEACHING (announcement for local businesses)
The SEA Committee of Retired Teachers has created an environmentally responsible program for recycling resources to help new teachers.  On a monthly basis, retiring teachers will be given the opportunity to donate their accumulated purchases or self-made classroom supplies that are no-longer needed.  Businesses will also have the opportunity to........Read More

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The Contract was ratified
by Unit A members
(2012 - 2014 Contract - 77.5% in favor; 2014 - 2016 Contract - 75.5% in favor)
and the School committee

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New Bedford Teachers
Foreground - Arlindo Alves, SEA Professional Relations; Background - Tim Collins, SEA President
Foreground - Mary Chamberlain, MTA and SEA Retiree; Arlindo Alves, SEA Professional Relations; Background - Tim Collins, SEA President

On Friday, January 17, 2014, some 500 New Bedford teachers, MTA members from across the state, and other unions and supporters from the New Bedford community demonstrated at New Bedford City Hall to protest the actions of the New Bedford Superintendent.

Just before Christmas, the Superintendent informed teachers at New Bedford High School, because she chose the turnaround model for the school (Level 4), they all will have to reapply for their jobs and only 50 percent of them will be rehired.

If you would like to help, read my President's Message in the February 2014 issue of The Springfield Teacher (click here for a sneak preview) and add your voice by communicating to Matthew Malone, Secretary of Education, and the members of the DESE Board.
By Mail:
Mitchell D. Chester
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

By Mail:
Matthew Malone, Secretary of Education
Executive Office of Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1403
Boston, MA 02108

By Mail:
Maura O. Banta, Chairperson
Daniel Brogan
Vanessa Calderon-Rosado
Harneen Chernow
Karen Daniels
Ruth Kaplan
James O'S. Morton
David Roach
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

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Issues & Actions

"People power must be visible."
        Fred Ross Jr.

Strength In Numbers Works!

House Bill 457/Senate Bill 207, An Act to Revive the Foundation Budget Review Commission, to ensure adequate funding for our public schools - Please contact your state legislators and tell them Springfield teachers appreciate their co-sponsorship of H457/S207.   Read Full Text of Bill ..................... Read Just the Facts

Legislation Signed in November Leads to Pension & Buyback Changes - Important changes are taking place in the rules governing certain aspects of retirement and the buyback of credible service.......Read More....

An Act to Invest in our Communities - THE PROBLEM: We are just emerging from a recession of historic proportions. With the end of federal stimulus funding, we have a nearly $2 billion budget deficit. That means our schools, colleges, local aid and emergency and health care services face deep cuts this spring. Meanwhile, wealthy investors and high-income households have had their Bush-era tax cuts extended, worsening deficits and economic inequality.  THE SOLUTION: We need to invest in our communities and keep middle-class families working and earning! An Act to Invest in Our Communities -- HB 2553/SB 1416 -- does just that........Read More..........Fact Sheet.

Congress is starting to discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind, and we need your help to make sure our elected representatives do it right........Read More

Massachusetts is not exempt from the corporate Republican strategy to dismantle democracy and workers rights  House Bill 2492 - An Act relative to collective bargaining and management rights of public employees.  Status: Refer to Joint Committee on Public Service on 2/25/2011
read more .....................Please urge your state senator and representative to recommend an unfavorable report by the Joint Committee on Public Service in regard to the proposed Bill H2492 which proposes stripping workers of their rights by prohibiting employers from engaging in collective bargaining.

 Health Insurance - Massachusetts Senate Passes Health Insurance Changes Read More.

Follow the issues and get involved!

Rule of Nine.....there are two sources of new federal money (Race to the Top and Title I School Improvement Grant) that have very onerous, draconian, and inequitable conditions.......(read more)

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MTA's Reinventing Educator Evaluation - The MTA released Reinventing Educator Evaluation: Connecting Professional Practice with Student Learning on December 21, 2010, fundamentally changing the terms of the debate about how best to evaluate teachers and administrators in support of improved student learning. The comprehensive proposal advocates revamping the system in dozens of ways. The most controversial section calls for including a review of multiple measures of student achievement, one of which would be three-year trends in student MCAS growth scores, where those are available. Notably, the report says that student achievement data may inform the evaluation, but not determine it. In other words, no high-stakes decisions about educators should be made based on student test scores - or on any other single indicator. If there is a discrepancy between measures of student achievement and what the evaluator found through observation and other means, the evaluator is required to find out why. Ultimately, the final evaluation for educators should rely on professional judgment informed by observation and evidence.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Reinventing Educator Evaluation proposal.

June 28, 2011 - State board adopts new evaluation regulations.......Read the summary and MTA's position on the key provisions.

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Imagine Working in Your School Without the Union.....That Could Happen!
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The City of Springfield Falls Below the Minimum Contributions to Schools Required By Law In Each of the Last Four Years
There is a funding formula for public education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The formula requires local communities to make a minimum contribution to the schools. In fiscal year 2009 alone, Springfield made only 65% of its legally required minimum contribution.

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