To All Providence Teachers

I know what a tough job you have. I spent a few months going out and doing program reviews. Some of the biggest items I saw were lack of resources which I think is part of the REAL problem in schools. Another is the crushing poverty that a lot of those kids live under. That has an effect on test scores too!

My advice to all Providence teachers who have just received their termination notice, sick out, stay out, do NOT go back. If you’re fired you’re fired. Stand with solidarity and walk out.

I support your rights to organize and bargain collectively. What the city of Providence is doing here is trying to eliminate the union. I completely disagree with what the school committee did and what the Mayor is doing.

Someone I work with has a wife who is a public school teacher in Providence. He was telling me that of the $50 Million only roughly 40% goes to teachers. Lets be generous and say 50%. So that leaves another 50% and where did THAT money go?

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