Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals

On Politics
4:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Providence Teachers Union backs Buddy Cianci

Update: The Providence Teachers Union announced its endorsement of Buddy Cianci today. The unions representing firefighters and police have also endorsed Cianci. In once of those grand ironies that limn Rhode Island politics, the police union has endorsed a two-time felon over a judge, Jorge Elorza.

So it looks like Providence mayoral campaign politics reared its head in the negotiations between the union representing public school teachers and the administration of Mayor Angel  Taveras?

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Teachers Plan Protest of Raimondo Fundraiser

Raimondo will be holding a fundraiser Thursday, which unionized teachers plan to protest.
Credit RIPR FILE

Unionized teachers plan to protest a fundraiser being held to benefit State Treasurer Gina Raimondo this afternoon Thursday.  Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also attracted protestors during a fundraiser earlier this week.

Raimondo is slated to start her day with a speaking appearance sponsored by Brown University’s Office of Women and Medicine in Science. The topic for the talk is: “Making an Impact: How to Think Strategically and Get Results.”

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Education
8:45 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Union Applauds Freeze on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

Gist will consult with federal officials about whether the postponement will require a waiver to avoid jeopardizing the 75 million dollar Race to the Top grant.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island teachers are breathing a sigh of relief now that state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has postponed the inclusion of test scores on teacher evaluations for a year.  

Student results on the New England Common Assessment Program were supposed to be folded in to teacher evaluations starting this school year. Gist said the policy is widely misunderstood. A year, she said, should give them ample time to clarify the policy.

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