June 30, 2011

UPDATE: Providence Schools at the Center of the End of the Legislative Session

Carroll Andrew Morse

Earlier today, Providence Mayor Angel Tavares came out in favor of an amended version of the 195 Commission bill being considered in the RI House of Representatives.

This evening, the 195 bill passed, first the House Finance committee, then the full House. The Senate vote is still pending.

On the very next floor vote following the 195 commission vote, the House passed a bill granting mayors of cities with appointed school committees the power to directly negotiate teacher's contracts, relieving the school committee of power in this area entirely. The Senate vote on this bill is also pending.

The city of Providence has an appointed school committee.

Remember where you read it all first.

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Prov. is the only city with an appointed school board. Interesting to note that the board is refusing to sign off on the contract. The mayor could have avoided this dispute.

Posted by: Lee at July 1, 2011 4:07 PM
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