Yesterday, Mike Capuano received a huge endorsement from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, representing 107,000 households from around the state. MTA supported Mike because he has a proven track record of fighting for improvements to our schools.
Scott Brown responded to our endorsement by saying:
“I support and respect teachers, but I think our next U.S. senator has to be in favor of high standards, choice and accountability in public education. That means testing, charter schools and reforms that make it easier to weed out bad teachers and reward the good ones. That is my education platform and I pledge that as the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts I will put the interests of kids first.”
If by “high standards” he means continuing the failed policies of the past administration, policies that left our public schools underfunded and our students without the resources they need to get a quality education, then he does not respect and support our teachers. The burden unfairly falls on the teachers of Massachusetts and the families whose children don’t receive the quality education they deserve.
We need to elect a U.S. Senator who will fight to improve opportunities to an affordable, quality education for the youth of Massachusetts. We need to elect Mike Capuano!
As our next U.S. Senator, Mike Capuano will fight to:
1) Provide more funding for our schools
2) Roll back the failed policies of No Child Left Behind
3) Allocate adequate funding to higher education grant programs to increase opportunities for students to attend college
MTA endorsed Mike because he gets it. He was one of the only members of Congress to stand against the No Child Left Behind Act. He has seen the burden that falls on municipalities when school systems are underfunded from his time as Mayor of Somerville. He knew that No Child Left Behind would not deliver on its promise.
Scott Brown should take a closer look at Massachusetts educational system to see what No Child Left Behind and eight years of a Republican administration has really meant for our schools.