Mass Citizens for Jobs reviewing records of teacher’s union President.

Mass Citizens for Jobs is reviewing the records of Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni from her time as a professor at UMass Amherst. We received these records from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request we filed on June 6th in 2014.

Madeloni became President of the MTA in a surprising election following her dismissal from UMass Amherst. She opposes any centralized teacher assessments, opposes standardized testing and teacher accountability, and was described by the Boston Globe as “unapologetically adversarial.”

As MTA President, Madeloni has tremendous influence on Beacon Hill, since the MTA is one of the largest unions in the state and provides both campaign donations and volunteers to legislators. As a watchdog group, Mass Citizens for Jobs believes it is essential to understand Madeloni’s history and opinions given the influence she wields. When we speak with business leaders, education reform is always one of their top priorities. Massachusetts needs first-class schools to provide the educated, skilled workers that the modern workforce needs.

We are reviewing her records from UMass to try and find out exactly why she left, her positions on topical issues in education, and any plans she might have for the MTA. Stay tuned for more updates, and if you want to view the records and FOIA request yourself, view them here.

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