MESPA conducted its last survey on the conditions of the principalship in 2014. We invite you to take this year’s survey. Please complete it by January 9, 2017. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. In appreciation for your time, you will have the option to enter your name at the end of the survey to be entered into a drawing for a half-price registration to our Spring Conference March 22-24. Your responses will still be anonymous and confidential.
The results of this survey will be sent to MESPA members and will be made available to all participants in the survey upon request. Past survey information has been very useful to members in negotiating their employment contracts and providing them with an overview of the principalship in Massachusetts. Thank you for your time and insights.
One sometimes overlooked reason for joining MESPA is the role that MESPA plays in advocating for principals at the state level. A recent example: the Massachusetts Legislature passed H 2319 on December 1 (“An Act protecting the rights of custodial and other non-teaching employees of school districts.”). The bill would have limited principals’ abilities to hire and fire non-teaching personnel in their schools.
MESPA became aware of the bill after it had passed. Working with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS), MESPA contacted the Governor’s office in order to make the case that this bill ran counter to the Education Reform Act of 1993 that granted principals the authority (subject to district policy and the approval of the Superintendent) to hire the personnel who work in their schools. Principals are held accountable for the overall learning environment in a schools and all personnel, including non-instructional personnel, contribute to creating a safe and caring learning environment.
We are pleased to report that Governor Baker chose to veto this legislation last week. As was noted in the recent tribute to long-time MESPA leader, Jim Argir, principals deserve a voice and MESPA can help be that voice.