603 CMR "Stand for Children" or "Educators Evaluation" ballot question initiative
"An Act to Promoting Excellence in Schools"
-Submitted to Attorney General 11/20/2011
-Deadline for petition: May 2012
-Deadline for revision: July 12, 2012
Legislation:Actual initiative as filed with the Department of Educators.
Fact Sheets/ Summaries:The rundown on 603 CMR, from collective bargaining, to educators evaluations, to the right to appeal. This is the rap on 603 CMR Initiative without the legalese.
Teachers Activist Group summarizes 603 CMR, and their concerns with the initiative including the changes it represents for inner city schools.
603 CMR fact sheet as provided by the Teachers Activist Group
Concerns:"As Rethinking Schools’ representative to the National Network of Teacher Activist Groups, I hear a lot of news about exciting organizing (and outrageous attacks on education). Recently, TAG Boston told us that Stand for Children has zeroed in on Massachusetts. That reminded me that last fall, Rethinking Schools published an investigative piece, “For or Against Children? The Problematic History of Stand for Children,” in which authors Ken Libby and Adam Sanchez described how Stand began as a parent-led organization with a progressive agenda, but has become a highly funded weapon in the attacks on teachers and teachers’ unions. I thought our blog readers would be interested in this update by Teacher Activist Group-Boston."
Policy and Production Editor
Teachers activist group
"Last October, a friend called with a question: “What do you know about Stand for Children?” The advocacy organization, based in our hometown of Portland, Ore., was expanding into his state of Illinois, and he hoped to glean some insight into the kinds of reforms the group would support. Just two months later, Stand’s Illinois branch had amassed more than $3 million in a political action committee and unveiled an aggressive teacher evaluation bill..."
-Ken Libby and Adam Sanchez
Action:Petition against 603 CMR via Mass Teacher
Stand for children "Great Teachers Great Schools" campaign