Where the Confidence is Truly Lacking
… is referenced, in fact, by National Education Association Executive Director John I. Wilson in yesterday’s 7 to 7 ProJo News Blog report about the teachers’ “no confidence” vote in the School Committee.
Our goals are basic and universal – to protect the rights of employees and defend quality public education.
Undoubtedly, most individual teachers in the East Providence school system do their best to deliver “quality education”. If, however, this were a goal shared by Mr. Wilson’s organization, wouldn’t there be some mention of student achievement or teacher merit in the contact [PDF] negotiated by the East Providence affiliate of the NEA with the City of East Providence? In fact, that contract is bereft of all such language or any mention of the provision of a quality public education to East Providence children.
It is much easier to have confidence in a purported goal when it is memorialized in writing instead of verbally trotted out on certain very limited occasions.