2017/18 Meetings

#1: ExCom  August 30th 2017
        Pre-Year meeting DR High School
#2: ExCom  October 18th 2017
#3: ExCom January 24th 2018
#4: ExCom March 28th 2018
#5: ExCom May 23rd 2018
#6: Annual Membership:
            DRHS auditorium
          June 6th 2018**
** note the subject to change 

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All IN for a right to be united

posted Nov 7, 2017, 4:04 AM by Timothy Kelly

YouTube Video

Tell Congress to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program

posted Oct 17, 2017, 1:50 PM by Timothy Kelly

President Trump intensified his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act - despite the opposition of Congress and a majority of the American people - by taking two actions this week that threaten to make health care less accessible and affordable for millions of Americans, including kids in low- and mid-income families. The president's take actionactions compound the looming damage from Congress' failure to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers 8.9 million children. Combined with Medicaid, CHIP covers 40 percent of our nation's children. Since its creation in 1997, the program has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support - recognition of its vital role in helping to ensure that every child comes to school ready and able to learn. Click on the take action button to tell your members of Congress to act swiftly to renew CHIP.


New Teachers (first 5 years FREE!!) Confrence

posted Sep 19, 2017, 3:16 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:34 AM ]

The 16th Annual MTA Just for New Teachers Conference is open to educators who are in their first five years of practice. Whether it’s handling classroom management or addressing the wide range of individual student needs in their classrooms, this conference has something for every novice educator. The one-day conference, brought to you by MTA’s New Member Committee, will also offer workshops in the following strands:

  • Student Engagement and Classroom Management
  • Supporting Students with Diverse Learning Needs

No charge for MTA or SEAM Members. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Register by October 18, 2017 to receive a personalized gift at the conference! 

Click here

New logo & Facebook page

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:34 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 12:47 PM by James Pearse ]

Watch for our new logo as the DRRTA sponsors upcoming 5ks and catch up on facebook to stay informed

DRRTA - Dighton Rehoboth Regional Teachers Association facebook group

Custodian DRRTA defense

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:19 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

This is the video of me defending the Custodians 

Catherine Antonellis proposed putting out to bid private custodial services this is the June meeting to vote in it ... many custodians spoke .. and I did on behalf of the teachers ... they voted down the idea of privatization

Wear Red on Wednesday for Public Education

posted Jan 22, 2017, 5:09 PM by Timothy Kelly

FLINT, Mich (WJRT) - (1/9/17) - Teachers across the country will be wearing red Wednesday to stand up for public education and against Betsy Devos.

She's President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet pick for the Secretary of Education.

Senate hearings begin Wednesday to confirm her spot. The teachers and their supporters are hoping they're loud enough to remove Devos from the position.

"We are very concerned because you now have someone who is going to be dictating public education policy for the entire country with no background of experience," explained Frank Burger, President of the Carman Ainsworth Education Association.

Local teachers tell ABC12 News DeVos has never held a position in public education, so they don't understand why she has the right to decide how public schools will be run.

They think this pick shows you can pay your way to the top.

The Facebook group "wear red for ed" has been around for a while now. It has nearly 7,000 'likes' in support of the grassroots effort.

The President of the United Teachers of Flint union, Karen Christian, tells ABC12 News she expects DeVos will make even more cuts to public education over the next four years, so she's concerned how this pick will effect the students.

No on Question 2

posted Sep 10, 2016, 2:57 PM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 3:01 PM ]

YouTube Video

Vote no on Question #2 it is not for public schools

posted Sep 5, 2016, 9:49 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 9:52 AM ]


on Lifting the Charter Cap!

Save Our Public Schools is a grassroots coalition of education, parent, student and community groups that supports quality public schools for all and opposes a November ballot question that would lift the cap on privately run, publicly funded Commonwealth charter schools.

The ballot question would allow the state to approve 12 new Commonwealth charter schools every year forever, eventually draining billions of dollars from our schools and destabilizing our public education system. It would encourage charters to expand into areas where they don’t exist now, taking critical resources away from successful public schools.

Lifting the cap is bad for public school students


This year alone, charters will divert more than $450 million from public schools. That’s money districts desperately need so they can offer more science, technology, arts and music classes, as well as preschool services and smaller class sizes. The money should be kept in the public schools for the benefit of all students.


Charter schools are not accountable to their local communities. The state often approves them over the united opposition of the communities where they will be located. That’s wrong. Local communities should have the final say on what kinds of schools they want.


Charter schools are divisive, creating a two-track system described by the NAACP as “separate and unequal.” They typically underserve English language learners and special needs students, leaving public schools with fewer resources to educate a higher-need population.

How you can help

Pro-charter groups have millions of dollars from hedge funds and corporate backers. We rely on people power to stand up for the students in our public schools. If some of our public schools are falling short, we should fix them — not keep taking money away and giving it to unaccountable charters.

facebook.com/saveourpublicschoolsMA | massteacher.org/charters

DRRTA Annual Meeting June 8th at 4:30pm

posted Jun 3, 2016, 12:42 PM by Timothy Kelly

June 8th is the DRRTA Annual meeting. 
    -We will discuss and vote on Evaluation language for the 2015-18 Contract
    -Run out annual election
    -and more .... see meeting agenda
DRRTA Election Slate 2016

DMS Building Reps

Renee Souza

Susan Warren

DES Building Reps

Jackie Ulmschneider

Susanne Martel

Beckwith Building Reps

Beth Crohan

Debora Wagner

Palmer River Building Reps

Karen Salois

Sandra Colavolpe

Erika Augustyn

DR Building Reps

Kurt Loell

Trish Madsen

Angela Pimento

Linda DuBois


Secretary- Alison King

Treasurer- Cynthia McCabe

Term up next year

Co-presidents- Tim Kelly and Steve Patrick

Vice-President- Jon Pacheco

Assistant to the Presidents and Executive board- TBA

Ratification meeting

posted May 19, 2016, 5:48 AM by Timothy Kelly


A Ratification Meeting for the purpose of consideration of the proposed agreements for a new
contract will take place on Wednesday May 25 th , at 4:30 P.M., at the following location:
Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School Auditorium
2700 Regional Road, North Dighton MA 02764

The proposed agreement contains a provision for an agency service fee. If the proposed
agreement is ratified by the members of the bargaining unit and by the School Committee, the
agreements will require the payment of an agency service fee as a condition of employment. The
current amount of the fee is $484.54

You are also hereby informed that:
a. The ratification meeting is open to all members of the bargaining unit regardless
of membership in the Teachers Association or lack thereof; and,

b. All members of the bargaining unit are eligible to vote on the proposed collective
bargaining agreement; and,

c. The financial report of the Teachers Association for the last fiscal year is
available for inspection; and,

d. The Teachers Association is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Teachers
Association (MTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).

Date of Notice: May 16, 2016

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