A Glimpse of the Problem’s Roots
This factoid, coming out of the revolt in Tiverton, keeps ringing in my ears:
… Mr. Cotta and other officials said that legally the school budget cannot be cut below what it was for this year…
Is that true? If so, it’s insane! Efficiencies, need, and priorities can’t shift? I’ll have to look into that one and add it to the top 10 list of Laws That Must Change in Rhode Island.
Presumably, what he means is, if the budget is not held level, the town would breach the legal obligation of existing labor contracts.
If there literally is such a law, you’re right, Justin. That would be insane.
Of course they can cut more. All they’d have to do is go back to the teachers and tell them they need to re-negotiate the contract. Sure, that’s next to impossible to do, but it has been done in other towns. Of course no one wants that hassle. That requires guts and leadership.
Better yet, keep the Contract if the Union so desires, but layoff as many teachers as possible.
Then will see if the Union is “all for one and one for all” or if they are all about eating their own. I think we already know it’s the latter.