Teachers to protest Duncan visit

Feb 11, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be in Providence tonight and a group of teachers plan to protest him.
Duncan will appear at the Rhode Island Convention Center to applaud the creation of a labor-management partnership in the Providence schools.  
Protest organizer Brian Chidester  says the partnership has been a  “disaster.”
"The union basically has had no input. The administration basically has been completely hands off except when they transferred the principals from those schools to other schools midyear. And the management company has basically been a dictatorship over the teachers. And it’s not helped improve the schools."

Teachers are upset over the removal of principals at six schools.  Some teachers also say that there is lack of communication between the schools and United Providence.

The protest is planned for outside Classical High School at 5:30 tonight.

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