Time to refocus our energy on opening schools SAFELY

Time to refocus our energy on opening schools SAFELY

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Jane Miller started this petition to Merrie Najimy and

I support unions. I appreciate unions.  I know the benefits I have from unions. 

I got an email on Friday from the MTA asking me to attend a rally on Boston Common on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, which will be held no matter what the election results are.  

My own children have not been in school for 8 months.  Their predicted return to school date was cancelled because the COVID rate in Boston rose above 4%. Our highest needs students, who need the most stability, were sent back home to learn with no notice. My own students in a different district, have had a new plan thrown at them every few weeks (and they have been amazingly flexible).  Now our district wants to return all students with no minimum spacing between them. My own kids district and my district are at two extremes.  The organization responsible for my safe working conditions, and the basic education of our children, is focusing on a rally for an election outcome that no one can yet predict. 

I try not to share my politics publicly, but I think I have to state I'm voting for Biden. I don't need to explain my reasons for this and only share to show I am politically aligned with the MTA/BTU in many ways. However, I see you politicize the education of my children, their friends, and of my students.  There are real educational safety issues that aren't being addressed right now.  1) SAFELY returning all of our highest needs students to school 2) ensuring SAFE working environments for all of our educations (minimum distance, minimum ventilation, etc) and getting this done so all of our students and teachers can be together again in person 3) addressing some of the legal ramifications for teachers that may arise from recent legislation 4) looking at how to close the gap in funding that was supposed to come from the state but won't arrive for many high needs districts.  I could keep going because there's really so much to do.  I'm working without an MOA right now.  My own children haven't been inside a school building for almost 8 months.  Students need compensatory services. 

The MTA/BTU should refocus on fixing these issues.  When you tell parents that their kids can't be in school with 6-10 other kids and then plan to convene by the thousands to protest something no one yet knows "regardless of the outcome", it hurts support for the very real issues that educators are facing in the classroom today.  When families have to scramble with 24 hours notice to cover childcare to ensure that teachers remain safe, they expect, at the very least, that the primary focus is CLEARLY the education of their children and the email sent last Friday does not send this message. 

As a dues paying member, a parent, an educator, and a graduate and supporter of public schools, I am asking the MTA/BTU to stop politicizing our kids education and refocus on what they should be doing - protections their members and getting our kids back into classrooms safely.  I ask that 

1: you do not hold a rally in a district (City of Boston) where students are unable to return because of rising COVID rates.  We should be limiting gatherings to decrease our COVID rate so that our highest need students can return as soon as possible.  Please, please, please do not invite thousands of people into a city that is struggling to control their rising rates and therefore cannot have their children return to school.  Please give our Boston Public School students the best possible chance of having some in person time this academic year. 

2: Refocus our energies on ensuring buildings are safe for our students and educators to return in person (including minimum ventilation standards, and minimum distance between people in classrooms, etc).  In 8 months, some districts (including the City of Boston) have not moved forward on improving their buildings.  We need your help to ensure safety measures for all students in all districts. 

3: Begin to problem solve for and educate the public on the guaranteed educational budget cuts that are forthcoming.   If we refuse to go into buildings, will the public see a need for so many teachers?

4: Begin feedback surveys from your members. Many of us do not currently feel represented by this union right now, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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