Massachusetts Teachers Consider Quitting Instead Of Returning To School


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to the President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, several teachers have been expressing their concerns about back-to-school plans amid the pandemic, and many are considering quitting altogether.

MTA President Merrie Najimy said she has been getting emails from the state's teachers each week saying they love their jobs, but they feel the need to quit in order to stay safe.

"Our retirement specialists, who've been here 25 years, say this is an inflow of inquiries ... they haven't experienced in a very long time," said Najimy, "and honestly it's quite a tragedy."

Najimy told WBZ NewsRadio she believes the state has had plenty of time to make the schools safe for reopening, but their plans are yet to come to fruition.

"The state has had six months, and this is just an example of their failure," she said. "They pay lip service to wanting kids to be back in the building, but they don't actually put their money where their mouth is."

Meanwhile, Najimy said schools around the state are at risk of losing more and more of the union's 117,000 teachers.

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville reports:

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