BOSTON - Top education leaders today signed on to a letter calling on state officials to support proposals for new revenue to provide greater investments in education. The signers include leaders representing teachers, parents, superintendents, municipal leaders, and labor and education advocacy organizations.
"To be competitive in the 21st century we need to increase our investments in education and innovation," said Chris Gabrieli, chairman of Mass 2020. "Without adequate funding of the key levers, Massachusetts' leadership role in education is in danger."
The Campaign for Our Communities and Governor Deval Patrick have both put forward bold proposals to raise an additional $2 billion in revenue for the Commonwealth. A significant portion of these new funds would be targeted to increasing access to high-quality early education, providing all students with an excellent K-12 public education, restoring funds to public higher education, and making higher education more affordable for Massachusetts students and families.
"Greater investments in education, from preschool through college, are critically important to Massachusetts' future," stated Paul Toner, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. "Massachusetts will not be able to maintain its leading role in education and economic growth if we don't adequately invest in our education system."
"We have an obligation to provide the highest quality education possible to all of our students," said Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. "Without additional resources to support our schools, we will be failing to provide adequate support to today's students and the children we will educate in the years ahead."
Leaders signing on in support of new revenue include:
Erik Champy, President, Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association
Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem
Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Mass 2020
Tom Gosnell, President, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts
Nadya Aswad Higgins, Executive Director, Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association
Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Wheelock College
Ellen Kennedy, President, Berkshire Community College
Patrick Kirby, Vice President & Executive Director, Citizen Schools Massachusetts
James Major, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools
Patricia Maguire Meservey, President, Salem State University
Jacob Oliveira, Ludlow School Committee
Thomas Payzant, Former Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Paul Reville, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Tom Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Reverend Burns Stanfield, President, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
Paul Toner, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Kathleen Turner, 2013 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
Jason Williams, Executive Director, Stand for Children Massachusetts