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Nominate your colleagues for a PCEA (Plymouth County Education Association) Award.  Forms may be found at the PCEA website.

The Bristol County Education Association (BCEA) will hold an awards banquet on May 25 at the Fireside Grille.  Awards include Mentor, Teacher, and ESP of the Year.  Nominating forms may be found in your teachers’ rooms.  Please return forms to Bev Saccocia in room G310 of the high school.

Our local MTA office has moved. It is no longer at the Wynn and Wynn building on Route 44 in Raynham.  It has moved to the 3rd floor of the Bridgewater Savings Bank on Route 44 (a little bit further down from its former location) across from the Raynham water tower and near Stoneforge and Wal-Mart.

MTA President Barbara Madeloni issued the following statement urging MTA members to share views on DDMs and other state regulations on Wednesday, Jan. 6:
Might “confusing and unnecessary” be a good description of some of the regulations governing the educator evaluation system (including District-Determined Measures), licensure requirements, the inscrutable school and district accountability system and other mandates of the education bureaucracy?

MTA members who are concerned about unhelpful mandates have an opportunity to let state officials know which tangles of red tape they would like to cut. There is no guarantee that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or the Baker administration will make any of the changes that educators ask for, but identifying problems and speaking out are critical first steps in organizing for change.

While much of the language associated with the executive order suggests that the primary focus is on reducing business regulations — a practice that we and others in the labor movement believe is being used to favor business interests over the health and well-being of working people — there is an explicit reference to regulations that affect education. This winter, members of the public are being invited to comment on regulations that affect them.

Comments posted by name or anonymously are also being accepted online here. For your comments to be considered in the upcoming regulatory review, submit them by the end of February.

Now is a good time to address these issues. When Congress replaced No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act in December, states were given the freedom to get rid of some of the unhelpful regulations that had been foisted on them by the federal government. Two key examples: the federal government no longer requires that student test scores be part of the educator evaluation system and no longer mandates specific turnaround strategies for so-called underperforming schools.

Legislative action-click here

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