Advocacy & Policy

MATSOL's mission is to provide support and professional development to educators working with English language learners and to advocate for the educational opportunities and achievement of English language learners of all ages, and in all program models. MATSOL works in coalition with other local and national groups to achieve these goals.

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Advocacy Alert - April 15 2014
An Act Relative to Enhancing English Opportunities for all Students in the Commonwealth H479 (Sanchez) / S225 (DiDomenico)

1. Enables English language learners and their parents to choose from multiple language instruction educational programs while maintaining students’ opportunities for academic success,

2. Strengthens and ensures proper qualifications for teachers working in the different models of language instruction educational programs, and 
3. Encourages parent and student involvement to facilitate success on an individual basis.

The Mass Joint Committee on Education has put an extension order on this bill to improve English language learning in MA. This grants them an additional month (until April 17th) to report out the bill favorably to the legislature for passage. This would be a monumental feat of success for the bill and would signal a very promising future.

MATSOL and the advocacy coalition working on to pass the bill are organizing a campaign to contact members of the Education Committee -- We need every MATSOL member to contact legislators and urge them to support the bill!

See below for directions to CALLEMAIL and TWEET members of the Joint Committee on Education.

TWEET

On Tuesday, April 15 (especially between 3:00PM and 5:00PM) TWEET the following legislators saying “Pass H479/S225,” and using the hashtag #ELLevateMA in all your tweets:
Joint Ed Committee Chair: @SoniaChangDiaz
Committee Vice-Chairs: @patjehlen @denisegarlick
House/Senate Leadership: @ThereseMurrayMA @RonMariano

EMAIL

3) EMAIL your legislators asking them to support H479/S225, with a cc: to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Education Committee. Use this email program set up by the MIRA Coalition to automatically find your legislator and format the email with a cc. Click here to send an email message.

CALL

CALL your legislators on Tuesday or Wednesday. Tell them that it is imperative that they contact the chairs of the Joint Education Committee and show their support for H479/S225. Find your legislator contact information and use the suggested phone script below. 

Suggested Script from Students For Education Reform (SFER):

Hello, 
May I speak with the legislative aid for Representative/Senator ________? 


*Once Connected* 
My name is caller name from city or town. I’m calling to ask Representative/Senator ______ to sign on to support House Bill H.479/Senate Bill S.225, An act relative to enhancing English language opportunities for all students in the Commonwealth, filed by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and Sen. Sal DiDomenico.

I support this bill because: 


1. It enables students and parent to choose from multiple language instruction educational programs while maintaining students’ opportunities for academic success. 


2. It strengthens and ensures proper qualifications for teachers working in the different models of language instruction educational programs and 


3. It encourages parent and student involvement to facilitate success on an individual basis. 


Can you please tell me if Representative/Senator _______ supports and will sign on to House 479/Senate 225? 


**IF YES** 
Thank you so much to Representative/Senator _________’s support for House Bill 479/Senate Bill 225. Have a great day? 
*END CALL* 


**IF NOT SURE** 
Please ask Representative/Senator ________ to support House Bill 479/Senate Bill 225 as it is very important for Massachusetts students to be educated to the best of their ability. When can I call back to follow up on the Representative’s/Senator’s decision? Thank you. Have a great day. **END CALL**

**IF NO** 
I am disappointed to hear that my Representative/Senator is not supporting House Bill 479/ Senate Bill 225. Thank you for listening. Have a great day. **END CALL**

MATSOL's advocacy partners include: MABE-Mass Association for Bilingual Education; Mass Advocates for Children; MIRA-Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition; SEFR-Students for Education Reform; META-Multicultural Education, Training & Advocacy; Oíste; MA Jobs with Justice, Multilingual Action Council; Jobs for Justice; MA Foreign Language Association; One Nation Indivisible; MDOC-Multicultural Dropout Outreach Coalition; PANGEA-Parents for a Global Education Association.

 

TESOL Advocacy Resources

MATSOL works with TESOL International Association to support national advocacy initiatives on the federal level.  We encourage MATSOL members to become members of TESOL in order to support this important work.

TESOL Positions Statements
TESOL publishes position statements on issues affecting ESOL students and teachers nationally and internationally.  Click here to view TESOL's current position statements.

US Advocacy Action Center
At TESOL's U.S. Advocacy Action Center, members can look up their representatives, contact the government, find information on key bills and legislation and tell a friend about advocacy issues.  Go to TESOL's Advocacy Action Center.

TESOL Advocacy Day 
Each year in June, MATSOL sends a member of the Board of Directors to represent MATSOL at TESOL Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Affiliate members from around the United States receive training on the legislative process, and then visit their Senators and Congressmen on Capitol Hill to advocate for the rights of English language learners on the federal level. 

TESOL Advocacy Day 2011

TESOL has opened Advocacy Day to any member who would like to participate.  If you are interested, please contact TESOL directly.

For more information on TESOL Advocacy, visit the TESOL website at www.tesol.org.

 

 
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