Wednesday November 19th is the next feedback forum on proposed changes to educator licensure. The proposed options link earning or renewing a license to educator evaluations, student test scores, student survey results, or a combination of the three. The premise of linking basic qualifications and measures of outcomes in individual classrooms is absurd. Beyond this, the gains we have made in building an educator growth system in Revere are lost when critiques would lead to lost credentials. The use of MCAS data to revoke teaching licenses creates a perverse incentive to avoid teaching in any high need district. We need to show the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the feedback from professionals is against these changes because they threaten the good work we do.
This forum has been filled to capacity for weeks, but the MTA is organizing locals to bring additional educators to provide feedback to DESE. The first hour of the forum is a large group presentation, Q&A, and survey, and more than the stated capacity have been let in at other sites. Wednesday’s forum is at Malden High School, which has the potential to hold far more than registered participants.
The RTA, with Dr. Dakin’s help, has arranged for a bus from Revere High to Malden High. We will be gathering at 3:45 in the RHS parking lot, and returning at approximately 5:30 – a little later if we are allowed into the forum, a little earlier if we are only part of the MTA rally outside.
Please let your building rep know if you will be able to join us next Wednesday, and whether that will be at 4:15 at Malden High, or 3:45 to take the bus from RHS.
Even if you can’t make the forum, consider sending an email to the Commissioner, the Associate Commissioner who will run the forum, and BESE members by visiting the MTA Capwiz Email Tool.
MTA will be providing small signs and some sign making materials for use at the rally. You are also welcome to make your own. It would be great to get out a unique, student-centered, and positive message about why we oppose these changes.