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MA Parents, Educators Join National School Walk-In Day

MTA President Barbara Madeloni joins parents and educators for today's National School Walk-In Day, calling attention to the need to fully fund public education. (Mass. Teachers Assn)
MTA President Barbara Madeloni joins parents and educators for today's National School Walk-In Day, calling attention to the need to fully fund public education. (Mass. Teachers Assn)
October 6, 2016

BOSTON – All across the state, parents and educators at dozens of Bay State Schools today are taking part in National School Walk-In Day.

Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, says the main theme is supporting Schools that Our Students Deserve.

She says people who are concerned about quality public education will be taking part in this national action.

"Thousands of schools across the country – parents and educators joining together to walk in – to say, 'These are our public schools, we want them fully funded,’” Madeloni stresses. “’We went the best, high-quality education for every child.'"

Madeloni says a major focus in the Bay State will be on opposing Question 2 and keeping the cap on charter schools.

Proponents of removing the cap contend that charter schools bring additional money into the system.

But Madeloni says last year alone, public schools in the Commonwealth lost $450 million to charter schools.

Today's Walk-In follows a state court ruling in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday. It dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the state's cap on charter schools.

Madeloni says voters need to know the stakes are still high when Question 2 comes up for a vote on the November ballot.

"If this question were to pass, within five years we'd see another $600 million lost to charter schools,” she states. “That would have a profound a destabilizing effect in public schools that are already making cuts to librarians, to arts programs. "

This is the third annual National School Walk-In Day organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - MA