E.P. Teachers Offer “Kid-Friendly” Boycott of After School Activities
The city’s teachers have voted to withdraw from volunteer activities in the city’s schools.
The roughly 500 educators won’t help with afternoon activities except for those that are accompanied with paid stipends, nor will they chaperone dances, buy supplies for their classrooms or participate in committees for curriculum development, accreditation or school improvement.
The changes are effective immediately and will affect all of the city’s 13 schools. School begins Sept. 9.
“We’re continuing all our contractual obligations and beyond,” said Valarie Lawson, the president of the local teachers union, East Providence Education Association. The union adopted the policy at a Monday membership meeting.
“This is not work to rule,” said East Providence High School history teacher Greg Amore, a member of the committee that developed the teachers’ plan.
When teacher unions vote to do only what is contractually necessary, it is considered “work to rule” in education circles.
The city’s teachers, however, will continue to write letters of recommendation for students, meet and talk with parents and be involved with parent-teacher organizations. They will also continue to offer after-school help, coach sports teams, correct papers and plan lessons at home, and participate in all paid extracurricular activities.
Amore said this plan is “kid-friendly.”