Rescheduled – Reclaim Our Schools Meeting

Thursday

January 15th 2015

5pm

Holyoke High

In light of the news that there is potential for a full takeover of the Holyoke schools we have a lot of organizing and mobilizing to do to make this forum a success. We need to have a huge representation from students, teachers, and parents to help demand a vision for our schools which are left in public hands.

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Reclaim Our Schools Meeting

Monday

January 12th

Holyoke High School (auditorium)

4pm

This meeting was scheduled to help plan for the Community Wide Forum on January 24th. In light of the news that there is potential for a full takeover of the Holyoke schools we have a lot of organizing and mobilizing to do to make this forum a success. We need to have a huge representation from students, teachers, and parents to help demand a vision for our schools which are left in public hands.

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President’s Update

Members of the HTA,
I just had a very positive meeting with the superintendent where we discussed several of the issues facing Holyoke teachers. We talked about the future of Holyoke and the need to be on the same page. We both contributed ideas to the conversation and I have hopes that this is the first step in building a better relationship with the administration through open and honest dialogue.
As for the situation with the commissioner, the superintendent doesn’t know much outside of what he’s already revealed in his letter addressed to the HPS staff. As I learn more I will relay the information to you all. We are facing a situation where there is no familiarity, but we must face it together. The forces that work against our city mean to disrupt our way of life.
Some of you take issue with my words and I understand the reluctance to accept the situation as it is because it is scary. Here is what the commissioner had to say to a reporter today (full story out tomorrow): “The educators are robbing the youth of Holyoke of a brighter future.” If that doesn’t ring as a declaration of intent, then I’m not sure what will. That comment is a direct attack on every single teacher in our city who gives everything they have to Holyoke on a daily basis.
I stand ready to defend every single one of you against any who would try to besmirch the good name of Holyoke.
In Solidarity,
Gus Morales

HTA President

President’s Message

Members of the HTA,

I am glad to be back in the classroom. It is a tremendous feeling to again be working with the students and families in our community and teaching alongside the great teachers of Holyoke.

This fight was not just about me. As noted in the joint press release, the issue of teacher evaluations—both their use and implementation—affects all of us in the profession, and this conclusion helps ensure that educators will be properly evaluated.

Throughout this struggle I have gained an even deeper appreciation of union membership. Even though I am the elected president of the HTA, it should be clear to everyone that the real power of the HTA comes from its ability to work collectively. I am truly grateful for the support I received from the HTA and my brothers and sisters in the Massachusetts Teacher Association. I hope all HTA members can see in this outcome, the value of union membership.

It is time to move forward. I am really glad that my own situation will no longer distract us – union and school alike – from addressing the major issues and carrying out the hard work of protecting public education against those outside forces altering it in ways that are destroying it.

Thank you for all the support and I look forward to continuing to serve the teachers of Holyoke.

Gus Morales

HTA President