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MTA Today Winter 2014 Members of the Berkshire Educator Action Network have been on a listening tour throughout Berkshire County to find out what educators like about their jobs and which policies and practices they believe should be changed to help their students succeed. Joshua Hall, a social studies/history teacher at Lee Middle and High School, is shown during a discussion with Ginger Armstrong, president of the Lee Education Association and a member of the MTA Board of Directors, center, and chemistry teacher Rakhee Patel. Coverage of the listening tour begins on Page 6. On Page 3, readers will find a story about a heartfelt letter that human rights icon Nelson Mandela sent to the MTA in 1986 after the association honored him for his “commitment and persevering efforts in the interest of justice.”

In this Issue:

  • MTA honor inspired Mandela ‘beyond words’
  • Editorial
  • New Bedford educators oppose plan but ratify contract
  • Grassroots efforts take center stage in ‘listening tour’
  • Educators focus on opportunities and challenges
  • Involvement is theme of EMAC Conference
  • Early childhood educators lobby for improvements
  • Commission calls for increase in reimbursement rates
  • New teachers gather to learn and network
  • Common Core and PARCC rollouts continue in Massachusetts
  • MTA higher education conference set for April 11-12
  • Governor’s budget proposal increases education spending
  • Students and educators ‘Stand Up’ to bullying
  • Retirees make special delivery to Savoy school
  • Exciting workshops and a warm welcome await ESPs
  • ‘Difficult bargaining’ leads to first-time agreement in Brockton
  • Higher education lobby day is set for March 5
  • Lee teachers donate AP bonuses to school
  • MAAP promotes achievement and collaboration
  • Regional retirement consultations available
  • The many challenges of winter driving
  • Two NEA directors are re-elected
  • Brousseau is recommended for re-election to PRIM Board
  • MSP seeks union recognition for CPE instructors
  • Gearing up for a celebration of the joys of reading
  • Roberts is honored as ‘a hero among us’

This issue of MTA Today also includes the winter edition of the MTA Advantage.

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