LETTER: Framingham Teachers Association Seeks To Screen ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ Again

Editor’s Note: This was read at the School Committee meeting tonight, April 25, and then submitted to Framingham Source as a letter to the editor.

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I rise tonight to thank the people who graciously gave up a beautiful evening on Tuesday, April 24th, to attend a showing of the  documentary BACKPACK FULL OF CASH at the Framingham Public Library. About 50 members of our community came; parents, teachers, administrators, school committee members & city councilors. After the movie, we had a short Q & A about the movie and
next steps.

There’s no question that there are challenges that we face in fully funding public education. This movie details these challenges and informs those who are not fully aware what these challenges are. The movie dives deep into the challenges that 2 cities – Philadelphia and New Orleans have faced with the rise of charter schools and vouchers. But this movie also shows the triumph of another urban
district, Union City, NJ, and how, by working together, city council, school committee, administrators, teachers and families, we CAN advocate for adequate funding. It showed that by working together in Pennsylvania, in 2014, voters were able to defeat a governor who had cut education aid and various social services programs. Governor Corbett was the first Pennsylvania governor denied re-election in the 40 years that the state’s chief executive has been allowed to seek a second consecutive term.

The FTA would be interested in showing this movie again and would welcome your comments and thoughts about how you would like to be involved in this campaign to fully fund our public schools. We are a powerful voice together.

Rosa Parks said “if I can sit down for freedom, you can stand up for children”​. Let’s stand together and advocate to our legislators, and senators at the state and national level to fight for what we know our students need to achieve; to advocate to fully fund our public schools to support student success pre-k through 12 and beyond.

Christine Mulroney

Framingham Teachers Association President

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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