NTA EBulletin September 26, 2022

Updated: Sep 27

In this issue

Possible Proposition 2 1/2 Override

Negotiations Update

Fair Share Amendment

Loan Forgiveness


Possible Proposition 2 and 1/2 Override

The City of Newton is currently contemplating putting a Proposition 2 1/2 override on the ballot in the spring of 2023. The mayor will be deciding soon what she will be asking for from the public. Please complete this very brief survey to let us know what you think the district needs to fund to improve our schools. Let's let the mayor know what educators think should be our school priorities.

Negotiations Update

I am going to continue publishing the full list of members of the team regularly. If you have questions, comments, feedback, or just a "thank you" to share--please contact one of the members.

NTA Negotiations Team

  • Michael Zilles, President, NTA

  • Elizabeth Ross del Porto, First Vice President, Angier Elementary

  • Liz Simpson, Second Vice President, Oak Hill Middle School

  • Christine Walsh, Second Release Officer and Treasurer, NTA

  • Michael Burtch, Unit A Member, Bigelow Middle School

  • Valerie Brunache Lewis, Unit C Member, Countryside Elementary School

  • Sue Cohen, Recording Secretary, Springboard Program

  • Brenna Green, Unit A Member, Cabot Elementary

  • Lynn Penczar, Unit A Member, Lincoln-Eliot Elementary

  • Elana Cutler, Unit A Member, Brown Middle

  • Derek Knapp, Unit A Member, Newton North High

  • Marcia Okun, Unit A Member, Newton South High

  • Jayme Ellis, Unit A Member, Burr Elementary

  • Ally Andrews, Unit B Member, Franklin, Horace Mann, and Lincoln-Eliot

  • Dan Rubin, Unit B Member, Newton South High

  • Sarah Wysocki, Unit C Member, Newton North High

  • Thuy Truong, Unit C Member, Newton Early Childhood Program

  • Janette Patel, Unit C Member, Oak Hill Middle School

  • Tony Sbordone, Unit E Member, Ed Center

  • Thomas Buchau, Unit E Member

  • Jason Leto, Field Representative, MTA

Fair Share Amendment

November 8th. That is the date when Massachusetts voters will decide whether those who earn more than one million dollars per year will pay their fair share of income taxes towards pre-k to 12 and higher education as well as transportation. To learn more about the Fair Share Amendment and ways you can participate in your city or town, click here. If you would like to join your NTA colleagues to mobilize support here in Newton, we have organized the following events: Click here to sign up to phone bank for an hour from our NTA office between 4:00 and 7:00 on October 4 and October 19. Bring your laptops. Phone banking is not what you think it is. You will be using a dialer that immediately puts you on the phone with a real person--no ringing, no answering machines, no waiting. You will be calling likely yes voters who will actually be glad to speak with you! And MTA will provide you with an easy script to follow.

Loan Forgiveness

I'm sure you have been reading about Biden's most recent plans to reduce student debt. That's currently making the headlines. As public educators, you also likely qualify for complete loan forgiveness.

Please be aware that in order to take advantage of the recent changes to the educator loan forgiveness program, you must apply before October 31, 2022.

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