Jessica Tang: Incoming President Of The Boston Teachers Union

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Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Jessica Tang, incoming president of the Boston Teachers Union (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The Boston Teachers Union looks like it's about to get a new leader. Thirty-five-year-old Jessica Tang is running unopposed for the powerful education position. She'd be the BTU's first person of color ever to lead the union, and the first woman in more than 30 years.

She'll be replacing the tough-as-nails Richard Stutman, president for the past 14 years. In the ever-controversial world of Massachusetts education, Tang, too, is gearing up for a fight.

"We are fighting for working conditions that create a sustainable practice," she said, "where new teachers aren't burnt out and teachers can have families and not feel that they don't have the time or capacity to be both a teacher and a parent."

Tang may be a new voice, but does that mean the Boston Teachers Union will make some fundamental changes?


Jessica Tang, director of organizing for the Boston Teachers Union, and incoming president. She tweets @JessJTang.

This segment aired on May 31, 2017.



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