The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (until recently known as the Mass. Federation of Teachers) has voted to endorse Deval Patrick for Governor. This endorsement follows yesterday’s announcement by the Boston Teachers’ Union that they too would back Patrick. From today’s press release:
The American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts Chapter (AFT Massachusetts) today voted to endorse Deval Patrick for Governor. In making its unanimous endorsement, the group cited Patrickâs broad leadership experience and commitment to local communities and schools.
AFT Massachusetts, with more than 20,000 members, represents union locals in numerous communities across the state, including teachers or other school professionals in Boston, Lowell, Chelmsford, Billerica, Lawrence, Lynn, Springfield and Fall River.
Thomas J. Gosnell, president of the AFT Massachusetts said, âWe endorse Deval Patrick because he has demonstrated clearly his commitment to the principle that students need resources to be able to learn and teachers need support in order to be able to teach. He has taken the time to listen to educators and to parents across the state about the many challenges that face our public schools in Massachusetts.â
Strikes me as an important endorsement from an important and politically active union. Let’s hope it reflects more than the various candidates’ positions on a single issue!