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The 162nd Massachusetts Teachers Association Annual Meeting of Delegates was held May 11 and 12th at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston. 20 BEA members represented Brockton as part of more than 800 delegates in attendance during the 2-day meeting. The annual budget for the MTA was discussed, amended and approved. There will be a $9.00 increase in our MTA dues for 2007-2008.Top of Page
The annual meeting opened with formal ceremonies; the Pledge Allegiance was led by MTA Vice-President Paul Toner and the delegation was treated to an inspiring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner sung by The Boston Community Choir who had also entertained at the previous evening's Human And Civil Rights Dinner. A moment of silence was acknowledged for all the MTA members who have passed away in the last year and a special remembrance for Peter Cross, a candidate in the 06-07 MTA Vice-Presidential campaign who died shortly after last year's MTA Annual Meeting.
A slide presentation of the past year's events was shown to the delegates. It was awe-inspiring to know that locals, like the BEA, can be victorious when they unite and stand together. Many hard battles were won last year, with support and guidance from MTA. Applause was raucous when slides of Governor Patrick flashed across the screen!
The guest speakers for Friday were Barbara B. Kennelly, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and Tim Gosnell, President of AFT-Massachusetts.
Barbara B. Kennelly Tim Gosnell
Saturday, Miss Jessie Auger, grade 2 teacher from the Rafael Hernandez Bilingual School in Roxbury was presented with MTA's Special Recognition Award as the recipient of the 2007 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award. She gave an awe inspiring speech on her experience working with children in Los Flores who are raised to make no sound, not even to cry, for fear of being killed. She discussed the challenge of working with these children to teach them to read and write and communicate with society. There was a special thank you from a Cambridge bilingual educator and her students who have benefited from commitment like Ms. Auger's. Miss Auger went to Washington and met with Senator Edward M. Kennedy's aids who implored her to get the message to teachers to inform Senator Kennedy of what does not work in our current education system, why it does not work and how it can be changed. If the Senator has the information from us, the members of MTA, he can present this on the Senate floor. If change can be made, our Senator Kennedy can make it happen but he needs our help. Contact his office today and share your needs and suggestions with him and his staff. (Use the Contact Your Legislators button on the BEA home page!)
The convention ended at 3:45 PM.
Please enjoy the photo gallery below of the convention and please consider being a delegate next year -- your voice counts!!!