BREAKING: Providence School Board Won’t Recognize Teachers Contract
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Providence City Council is likely to approve a new collective bargaining agreement between the city and the teachers union when it meets tonight, but the Providence School Committee is questioning the Superintendent’s authority to sign the contract.
At a meeting Monday evening, the Committee passed a resolution saying the contract was signed without the knowledge or consent of the School Board.
The resolution states: “The PSB considers the action of the PPSD Superintendent in signing the August 3 CBA to be of no legal force or effect, and specifically rejects the suggestion that the Superintendent’s signature on the August 3 CBA in any way binds the PSB, the PPSD, or any other party.”
It continues: “The PSB’s legal counsel shall immediately provide a copy of this Resolution to each member of the City Council, to which the August 3 CBA has been submitted for ratification.”
The resolution is the latest in a continuing battle between the appointed School Committee and Mayor Angel Taveras.
During an Education Nation summit in New York City today, Taveras defended the teachers contract and said ultimately, the fate of Providence schools is on his back.
“The buck does stop with the Mayor,” Taveras said.
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