PLEASE NOTE: WEA Member Benefits Consultant Steve Pike is out of the office and will not be scheduling retirement consultations during the month of November. In the interim, MTI members interested in exploring retirement options have the following resources available:
MTI/MMSD will be conducting retirement information sessions for MMSD employees on November 7 and 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Doyle Auditorium.
MTI-CENTRS is partnering with NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Department to offer a series of Saturday racial justice-focused sessions. We will launch our MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Saturday series on Saturday, Nov. 2, at MTI from 8:30-3:30. (lunch provided).
These sessions, led by national trainers, are FREE TO MEMBERS.
The Madison Area Teachers for Social Justice Conference is dedicated to bringing educators, students, parents, and community members together for a day of honest dialogue through a series of workshops. It will be held on November, 16 from 9:30AM-5:00PM at the UW School of Education.
The event is free. Breakfast and lunch included.
Register for event and learn more at: MATSJ.org Password: 2019
One in ten people in southwestern Wisconsin struggle with hunger; for children, it’s one in six! Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is the area’s largest hunger-relief charity. MTI-CARES is asking you to join the 24th annual campaign by collecting non-perishable food and/or monetary donations. With your support, we raised a record-breaking 4.4 million meals in 2018.
MTI Appealing Termination of West High School Security Assistant Marlon Anderson
As has now been reported by major media outlets across the nation, the MMSD has terminated Marlon Anderson, a School Security Assistant at West High School for allegedly violating the MMSD zero tolerance policy in his response to a student who called him the N-word. Marlon Anderson is a member of MTI, MTI is representing him in this employment matter, and we have filed a grievance on his behalf with the MMSD seeking his reinstatement with back pay for lost wages. Colleagues at West High School have established a Go Fund Me page to help provide Mr. Anderson and his family with some needed economic support during the appeal process. In related news, staff and students at West High and East High engaged in a walkout today and march to the MMSD Administration Building in support of Marlon Anderson and demanding his reinstatement.
This morning, (October 21, 2019) the MTI Board of Directors sent this message to the Members of the Board of Education and MMSD Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore:
The statement includes the following demands:
Immediately reinstate Marlon Anderson as a member of the West High staff.
Review the current zero tolerance practice as it applies to staff members through a transparent and inclusive process that includes all stakeholders.
Work in good faith through actions that uplift the voices of staff, students, and families of color instead of silencing them, intentionally or otherwise.
Prioritize racial equity in our district by providing support for staff and a true partnership with MTI in lifting the voice of staff, especially staff of color, in this work.
As you are aware, MTI has filed a grievance over the District’s termination of Mr. Anderson and a hearing before an Impartial Hearing Officer has been scheduled for November 12. Rather than delaying this decision and awaiting the verdict of the Impartial Hearing Officer, we believe the District should immediately acknowledge its error in terminating Mr. Anderson and immediately reinstate him to his position at West High, while commencing a broader review of its zero tolerance practice.
The Madison Metropolitan School District Rescinds Termination of Marlon Anderson
Representatives from the Madison Metropolitan School
District contacted MTI today at approximately 4:30 pm to inform us of the
Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore has decided to rescind the termination of Marlon Anderson;
Mr. Anderson will be returned to pay status immediately, including full benefits;
The District will continue Mr. Anderson on paid leave while a transition plan is finalized to return him to work.
MTI immediately shared this news with Marlon Anderson who
then shared the following statement via his Facebook page:
“MTI is pleased to see the District rescind the termination
of Marlon Anderson, paving the way for him to return to the incredible work he
does with Madison’s students. We now look forward to working with the District
to review and address its zero tolerance policy”, said MTI Executive Director
MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice Book Study- Fall
Over 80 staff joined our MTI-CENTRS Solidarity for Racial Justice book study circles last spring and summer! We are now opening sign-ups for our fall book study groups. MTI-CENTRS is offering two different book study opportunities. Session I will use the NY Time podcast 1619, Session II will use the book Teaching for Black Lives. Learn more and sign up here. Participants can qualify for PAC or stipends. Snacks and all materials are provided.