High quality teachers are a critical part of a high quality education. Although a teacher’s length of service is a relevant factor in determining the teacher’s quality and suitability for a position, many other factors besides seniority determine teacher quality. The best teacher is not necessarily the most senior teacher.
Providence Public Schools recently gained the authority to hire and place teachers based on the needs of students and schools in refreshing contrast to the strict seniority rules that have previously dictated all placement decisions for Providence Public Schools faculty and staff.
The Providence Teacher’s Union has filed a lawsuit to restore seniority-based hiring and the “bumping” that resulted. Young Voices, the Providence Excellence in Education Coalition (PEEC), and the East Side Public Education Coalition (ESPEC) believe this is not a positive step and are asking for Providence residents (whether you have kids in the public school or not) for support to help convinceÂ The Providence Teacher’s Union to drop the lawsuit and work with parents, students and the Providence School Department to move towards a better future for our schools and our city.
Please take a moment to read the following petition initiated by Young Voices, PEEC, and ESPEC that calls on the Providence Teachers Union to drop their insistence on seniority-based hiring and assigning for teachers in Providence public schools.
If you agree, please sign the petition and pass it on. http://www.petitiononline.com/especyv4/petition.html
More PPSD School News:
Read Mayor Cicilline’s editorial in the ProJo this week on the progress that has been made in Providence Public Schools.
Photo Credit: Nathan Bishop Middle School reborn. Providence Daily Dose