December/January issue of MTA Today online

December 2008/January 2009 issue

Election Day delivered great results for students and public education. Question 1, the Income Tax Repeal Initiative, was soundly defeated, and voters sent Senator Barack Obama to the White House for four years while also electing many other MTA-recommended candidates.

But given the massive economic problems facing the state and the nation, 2009 is certain to be a challenging year — a period in which MTA members will need to do all they can to “recession-proof” public education.

This issue includes the winter edition of MTA Advantage, from MTA Benefits, and these articles:

MTA member a finalist for NEA Foundation award, 3
Editorial: Changing the world — one vote at a time, 4
Commentary: ‘We have taken a great step forward’, 4
Higher ed unions file unfair labor practice charges, 5
State gets failing grade for college affordability, 5
Members work to ‘recession-proof’ public education, 6
Key proposals likely to advance in 2009, 7
MTA recommendations prevail on Election Day, 7
In an election year, the world’s a classroom, 8
Initial TeLLS results now online, 9
Conference gives future teachers an inside look, 10
New teachers discuss problems, solutions, 11
Summer Conference proposals sought, 12
Fight to repeal offsets continues, 13
Obama says GPO and WEP are unfair to educators, 13
Retirement consultations available to members, 14
Two teachers win prestigious awards, 15
ESP bargaining summit a big success, 16
ESP Award nomination forms to be mailed out, 17
Are you saving enough on auto insurance?, 18
Winter challenges even the best drivers, 18
Higher ed appointees have ties to UMass, 21
State results ‘spectacular’ on TIMSS tests, 21
MTA election info available on Web, 23
CEPP wins top awards in NSAII competition, 24
Obituaries, 25
Classifieds, 26
Music Matters visit inspires second-graders, 28
MTA partnerships promote student achievement, 28

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