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Providence To Pink Slip All Its Teachers

A little hyperventilation from Rhode Island’s Providence Journal:

Providence plans to pink slip all teachers

By Linda Borg
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.

In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school.

In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the dire budget outline for the 2011-2012 school year in which we are projecting a near $40 million deficit for the district,” Brady wrote.

“Since the full extent of the potential cuts to the school budget have yet to be determined, issuing a dismissal letter to all teachers was necessary to give the mayor, the School Board and the district maximum flexibility to consider every cost savings option, including reductions in staff.” State law requires that teachers be notified about potential changes to their employment status by March 1.

“To be clear about what this means,” Brady wrote, “this action gives the School Board the right to dismiss teachers as necessary, but not all teachers will actually be dismissed at the end of the school year.”

“This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7, 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.

Does Mr. Smith teach drama? We sure hope he doesn’t teach history. Fortunately, being a union boss, he probably doesn’t do anything.

Smith, who has forged a groundbreaking collaboration with Brady that has received national recognition, said he believes this move comes directly from Mayor Angel Taveras, not the School Department. In a conversation with Taveras earlier Tuesday, Smith said the mayor also hinted at school closings but didn’t elaborate

Providence is facing a daunting budget crisis. The city had a $57-million deficit last year and expects a higher figure for the year ending June 30.

We wonder how much of this debt is due to the benefits and pension plans of its teachers and other unionized public sector workers. That might have been a nice detail to put in the article, don’t you think?

Still, even if all the teachers actually get fired, the union will still maintain its precious collective bargaining rights. And, apparently, that is all that really matters.

Last year, only about 100 teachers received layoff notices, but in years past, as many as 500 have

Notice that we are talking about ‘lay offs’ and not terminations. And, even so, it’s highly unlikely that all of Providence’s 1,926 teachers will be laid off.

But it sure sounds dramatic.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Providence To Pink Slip All Its Teachers”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Maybe we should try this on the Hill where we have the most ineffective
    money grubbing, do nothings.
    Seems only fair to me.

  2. canary says:

    Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith made a beyond insane statement that he now knows fellow union members and class room teachers have good cause & reason to declare an act of war and kill fellow Americans
    Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith has come to the decision after listening to a brigade of American History teachers; some being immigrants, foreigners.
    Has union thug Steve Smith checked with the Obama Medical corps union yet. They are in high numbers and highly capable of both fighting their enemies and providing medical aid.

    “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7, 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.

    At least we know the teachers will be at each others throats, and stabbing each other in the back to
    get a life jacket and seat in the boat.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    If teachers are under “unbelievable stress”, maybe they need to be laid off.

    Harking back to the FB debate from yesterday, the liberals massed together to “explain” to me how our teachers are the most talented in our country. And that to say they’re selfish, greedy, lowlife bastages is to hurt the feelings of those who worked so hard for their career. LOL!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Stressed out teachers. Kinda like saying a worried Superbowl contender. You’ve got it all, having the time of your life and you’re “stressed out”? Why? Is it that you have to maintain a lesson plan? That you have to monitor students performance? That there’s not enough tofu in the faculty lounge vending machine? What? Perhaps that 14 year old is giving you the eye and you’re having “impure” thoughts. Understandable since you came from a background of pure schlock and “all things are relative”. Or is it that the union boss is wanting you to make sure their kid is on the basketball team, even though he cannot read or write his own name. Man, that is stress. I feel for ya; I really do. My god, making $50,000 a year+ benefits plus trips to seminars, meetings and such….it’s all so hectic. What a rough nine months it must be to have to do all that, especially if you’re the highly respected and tenured department chair.

    As far as I’m concerned, you can all blow it out your ass.

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