LETTER: FTA President Clarifies Candidate Review Committee’s Recommendations

This statement was submitted to Framingham Source by the Framingham Teachers Association President Christine Mulroney:

Based on recent online communications, the FTA president felt it necessary to respond and clarify some important information.

The FTA candidate review committee (CRC) was comprised of 6 FTA members.

Members were invited to volunteer on this committee and were selected with the hope that they resided in Framingham.

This invitation was extended to the entire membership multiple times via the bi-weekly newsletter, and the 6 committee members who responded were the ones assigned to the group. The CRC met last week with candidates for mayor and city council at large.

FTA leadership would like to thank them for their time spent on this very challenging task.

Some recent remarks on Facebook were inadequately worded and seemed to indicate that the FTA did not appreciate their time and effort to be fair and objective. This statement was made quickly and was regrettable. The CRC, however, did make some recommendations for FTA members to consider for mayor and city council at large.

Due to the short time frame in which they had to work, the  recommendations were made public prior to presenting to the FTA executive board for discussion.

Therefore, these recommendations are coming directly from the FTA candidate review committee and don’t necessarily reflect the recommendations of the executive board or the membership at large.

We would like to clarify this, especially given that the headline read differently than the actual content of the original message.

Because of the previously mentioned time constraints, there were missed opportunities for dialogue and also miscommunication as the process and recommendations were made public.

I would like to apologize for statements made in haste.

I regret that certain details and conversations have made their way onto social media and resulted in such a spectacle.

The reality is, FTA will support whichever candidates are victorious and we will work alongside new city leadership to ensure that our students, staff, and schools benefit from a united team who has their best interests at heart.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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