Clearly Not “For the Children”
The School Committee should reject a tentative two-year teachers’ contract at its meeting Tuesday in light of possible unanticipated cuts in state aid to local schools during the current fiscal year, according to the anti-tax group Tiverton Citizens for Change.
The committee and the union representing about 190 teachers were at an impasse for about 14 months before reaching a tentative settlement in nonbinding arbitration Nov. 5, a day after the general election, which turned out the longtime committee chairwoman and put two new members on the five-person panel. …
In calling for the committee to oppose the pact, Tiverton Citizens for Change cited Governor Carcieri’s recent announcement of a projected deficit of $233.6 million in revenue before the end of the fiscal year. …
“Some will suggest this additional funding request is for the children. It is not. It is for the teachers,” said TCC president Dave Nelson in a statement.
Schools Supt. William F. Rearick has recommended passage of the agreement, which he estimated would give each teacher an annual net raise ranging from about $1,100 to $2,500.
I’ve suggested to the governor that he (or a representative) should attend Tuesday night’s school committee meeting as a statement of, essentially, “This is the sort of thing I’m talking about.” He won’t likely be there, but I’d encourage anybody else with an interest in stopping Rhode Island’s hole-digging to make an appearance.