Campaign to Protect Public Education

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is joining with unions, community groups, and students to stand up against the corporate attacks on public education. These are the values we are fighting for:

Education as a right, not a privilege.

We believe that education should be free and accessible. We are working in communities to discuss the issue of charter schools, which can often be a divisive issue for local communities. But as urban areas and gateway cities now contend with multiple charter schools, the reality of what charters do to public education is getting harder and harder to deny. Particularly in high-poverty areas the only way charters can produce high test scores is by selectively picking and choosing their students. That means sky-high attrition and programs that ultimately benefit small numbers of students at a cost to the entire community. We seek to highlight these inequalities and continue to work to ensure that all communities have quality public education that benefits all children.

Teachers and communities working together.

We know that the best way to improve our schools is through a collective community process. Teachers, parents, students and community residents have a common interest in a quality, well-funded public education system that for many low income residents remains the only possible path to a brighter future. Together, teachers and community members are working to enhance their neighborhoods and their schools by collaborating on issues that affect their communities, like improving access for English Language Learners and special needs students.

This initiative is a joint project of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, the Mass. Teachers Association (MTA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

For more information about our Campaign to Protect Public Education, contact Lily Huang or Mary Hewey by email, or call 617-524-8778.

Campaign News

December 4, 2013 - 2:25pm

Join us for an action in Boston to reclaim the promise of public education for all!

April 10, 2013 - 2:14pm

Find out who is funding the attacks on our children's public education.