Massachusetts educators slam public higher ed. executives over furloughs
ANCHOR: State’s teachers lashing out at public higher education executives in a brand new ad. They say those executives are not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable students in the Bay State and the educators who serve them.
CLIP FROM AD: The state legislature was willing to use half its rainy day fund to protect public higher education funding in this year’s budget – to preserve the programs, staff, faculty, and librarians that students need. But some public university executives aren’t willing to do the same. They’re ignoring what our communities want.
ANCHOR: Now this ad is out from Massachusetts Agrees. It’s a coalition led by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and other workers within the public higher education system. It specifically calls out Higher Ed Commissioner Carlos Santiago and the Board of Higher Ed, and accuses them of failing to act to keep resources and support flowing.
Also in the cross-hairs here, UMass President Marty Meehan. The ad targets him for the recent furloughs and layoffs in the UMass system, calling them unnecessary, as they say the system has millions in reserves and available funds.