Bill would increase funding for low-performing schools

Would also prevent MCAS from being used to evaluate teacher performance

BOSTON (WWLP) – Teachers in high-poverty districts told 22News that their resources don’t match those of high-performance schools. They want lawmakers to “level the playing field” to benefit their students’ academic successes.

Studies show that stress from poverty can inhibit students’ academic success. Teachers are calling on state lawmakers to support a bill that would make funds available for underperforming public schools, to provide students with academic support job training services, and early childhood education.

Educators in underperforming districts told lawmakers that they don’t have the same job security as teachers in high-performing districts.

Hull Teachers Association President Deb McCarthy told 22News that she could lose her job if she refused to give standardized tests.

“I was given a directive to administer this test or face job termination. I’m not going to be silent anymore about the emotional, social, and physical duress that I have seen take place to students in my care,” McCarthy said.

The bill would also remove the use of scores from state standardized tests, such as MCAS, to evaluate teachers. It is currently being reviewed by the education committee.