Providence and teachers union agree on contract

Mayor Elorza and Providence Teachers Union Reach Agreement On Contract

– Mayor Jorge Elorza and Providence Teachers' Union (PTU) President Maribeth Calabro are pleased to announce that last night PTU membership voted overwhelmingly to approve a three-year contract that moves the Providence Schools forward.

“I'm happy to have reached an agreement with our teachers,” said Mayor Elorza. “The contract helps us continue the improvements we've made as a district and it also provides certainty and stability for our schools. I look forward to working with our teachers to provide a world-class education for all of our students.”

“I am pleased to have been able to offer a fair contract that recognizes the hard work that Providence Teachers do every day,” said Calabro. “We are committed to providing world class education to the children of this great city and have continued to demonstrate education excellence in a daily basis.  We look forward to continuing our work and cultivating positive relationships with the community.   I am proud to represent the best of the best in education!”

This agreement marks the end of months of uncertainty for nearly 1,900 teachers, who have demonstrated remarkable commitment and professionalism despite working without a contract since September 2014.

The agreement empowers school-level decision making through greater autonomy; establishes a structure for additional planning time for high school teachers; codifies a mutual agreement on teacher evaluations reflective of state law; and creates a district-wide peer assistance and review program to provide support for teachers.

"I'm very pleased that Providence teachers have a contract that's fair to them and good for students," said Superintendent Dr. Susan F. Lusi. "The alignment of this contract with the district's shift toward increased school autonomy will yield more opportunity for increased student achievement, as well as a greater degree of professional flexibility and responsibility for our teachers and building administrators."

Financial terms in the agreement include a 1 percent raise at the beginning the 2015-2016 school year; a 1.75 percent raise at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year; and 1.5 percent raise upon the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year.

The contract, having been passed by PTU membership, will now go before the Providence City Council for approval.

(release from City of Providence)