Providence Teachers Reject Contract

Providence teachers overwhelmingly rejected a new three year contract that included 12.5 percent average raises over that time. They also took a vote of no confidence in School Superintendent Diana Lam. Effective immediately, teachers plan to accept no additional work as part of a work-to-rule strategy.

Union leaders criticized Lam for trying to increase her power in the school system. Union President Phil DeCecco said the union would fight Lam?s education reform agenda, ?It?s an agenda that strips teachers of rights that they have had over the past 35 years and gives them no voice in their academic professional choices.?

The union is asking a state mediator to step in. School officials had said the contract offer would be rescinded, if it was not accepted last night. Lam plans to meet with reporters this afternoon.