A Press Release to Emulate
East Providence School Committee Chairman Anthony Carcieri has issued a press release on which other elected representatives throughout the state should take notes:
On being informed that NEA has voted “no confidence” in the East Providence School Committee, its Chair, Anthony Carcieri, said this.
“So what’s new? No union is going to give a big vote of confidence when they’re told they have to contribute to their health insurance. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the way of the world. That all happened six months ago. We’ve moved past it. We’re bringing technology to our students for the first time in the Fall. Our Vocational School is launching innovative new programs that will catapult our students forward. We’re pushing forward a revolutionary initiative to raise the quality of special education in East Providence to World Class standards. These are just some of the things we’ve accomplished in the last six months, as we are bringing the school system back from the brink of bankruptcy.
What has NEA done in the last six months?
They put on red shirts and disrupt School Committee meetings. They say they want to bargain, but they never schedule a meeting. They try to stop innovation. They demand that we raise taxes and go deeper in debt.
The East Providence Schools will be a magnet for students from other communities within the next few years. We will be a magnet for creative energetic teachers who put kids first. We don’t need teachers who want to spend their time parading around like the Red Army. We need teachers who will help us to prepare our kids to deal with an increasingly competitive world.
We’re told that NEA has threatened to tell their members to leave our school system. Any teacher who doesn’t want to be a part of what’s going on here should do what NEA says. We’re building to be the best. We’re putting the students first. Any teacher who doesn’t want to be a part of that should follow NEA’s direction.
Remember, we pay our teachers better than 90% of the school teachers in America. The teachers’ union just can’t get over the fact that we had to retrench a little bit in January so we could pay their salaries in June. This is the time to focus on delivering the best education for our students without breaking the backs of our taxpayers. It’s time to get over it. We have a lot of work left to do to raise the performance of our schools. We have to do a better job for the kids. That’s our focus, and it’s the focus of most of our teachers.”