Boston Teachers Union Will Not Endorse In Mayor’s Race

BOSTON — The Boston Teachers Union will not endorse a candidate in the city’s hotly contested mayor’s race.

“We just decided not to endorse, we’ll leave it at that,” said Richard Stutman, president of the union.

Union rules call for a two-thirds vote from two committees — the executive board and the committee on political education — followed by a two-thirds vote of the full membership.

But the committees did not recommend an endorsement to the membership.

The union does not normally endorse in mayoral races. Before this year, the last time it formally backed a candidate was in 1991 when its former president, Edward Doherty, ran against then-Mayor Ray Flynn.

But this year, it endorsed two candidates — City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Rob Consalvo — in the waning days of the 12-way preliminary mayoral election.

Arroyo and Consalvo both warned against the “demonization” of public school teachers and presented themselves as alternatives to candidates like City Councilor John Connolly.

Connolly, one of two mayoral finalists with state Rep. Marty Walsh, has called for more charter schools — opposed by the union — and sweeping change in public education.

The teachers union has been a sharp critic of Connolly, who was the sole council vote against the last teachers contract.

And some observers expected the organization to get behind Walsh — a longtime labor leader, who stepped down from his post atop the Boston Building Trades to run for mayor.

Walsh, though, serves on the board of a charter school in Dorchester.

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  • jonshore

    Why wouldn’t the TEACHERS of the Boston Teachers Union be a sharp critic of Attorney Connolly? The teachers contract is a MUTUAL AGREEMENT,
    between the BTU and BPS. Both parties agree to it, it is how we all get along. Previous contract negotiations did not create an atmosphere of winners and losers, there was consensus and decisions were made in the best interest of children.

    This last Court Street administration created a lot of animosity by not showing up for negotiations, not sending people to negotiations that could make a decision, overturning decisions, then demonizing teachers in the press and to parents!
    It was disrespectful and it was ugly! Court Street refused to acknowledge that teachers are members of the team, the people on the front lines, who are actually doing the work and are in direct service to Boston’s children!

    As a Boston Public School teacher, someone who grew up here, lives here, and went to Boston Public Schools, I had never experienced the disrespect from previous Court Street administrations as I did from this past one.

    Boston Public Schools is the Number 1 urban school district in the nation! That is something to be proud of, Boston Public School Classroom Teachers accomplished that, not administration at Court Street, not administrators in our schools and certainly not anyone in Boston City Hall looking to become mayor! Boston Union Teachers and Paraprofessionals accomplished that in a toxic environment decimated by charter schools and the BPS “portfolio!” It took over two years to get to that mutual contract, and Attorney Connolly voted against it, Obviously, so he could use it as a PR Line in his mayoral campaign! Now he wants my vote, come on now!

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