*****This year is OUR year to MAKE A DIFFERENCE*****
Support Massachusetts House Bill No. 01938:
An Act to Expand Access to the MCAS Appeals Process

  • Provides all students with expanded access to the appeals process
  • Mandates the use of multiple sources of data in appeals
  • Ensures that parents and students will be informed of their right to appeal

Contact your Massachusetts’s state representative or senator:

  1. Go to  http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search
  2. Type in your address, city, & zip code
  3. Click on your state representative or senator for their contact information
  4. Voice your support for House Bill No. 01983
Below is a sample letter you can copy and paste into your email program to let your state representative and senator know you support House Bill No. 01938. Feel free to edit the letter, include your story, or add to it. You do not need to change it.
The Honorable (first and last name)
(Room Number), State House
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Senator/Representative (Last Name):

As one of your voting constituents, I am writing to express my support of House Bill No. 01938, “An Act to expand access to the MCAS appeals process.” Please contact the Joint Committee on Education and let them know you, and your voting constituents, support the Bill.

The new bill will not only provide parents and students with greater flexibility when filing an appeal, but will mandate the use of multiple sources of data in the appeals process. Students who fail the MCAS are 13 times more likely to drop out of school. A revised appeal process will give these students hope and an opportunity to succeed.
Our state’s public schools—and the students who attend them—are extremely important to my family, my community, and me. Therefore, I strongly support House Bill No. 01938, in order to give all of our students fair and expanded access to the MCAS appeals process, and ultimately, access to a high school diploma.

I urge you to be a voice for justice and equality, and communicate your support for this bill.

Sincerely,

Your Signature
Printed Name
Address
City/State/Zip
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