For Immediate Release Contact: Frank Flynn
Date: July 10, 2014 RIFTFrank@aol.com
RIFTHP Thanks General Assembly
for Passing Teacher Evaluation Bill
The RIFTHP is pleased that the RI General Assembly passed legislation relieving effective and highly effective teachers from all aspects of the current evaluation system for two and three years respectively, while ensuring annual conferences between teachers and supervisors.
This legislation creates a more manageable evaluation system, relieving administrators of the current, unnecessary burden of evaluating teachers whom they have identified as Highly Effective and Effective every year in the same way, allowing them to focus their time where it is needed the most, supporting new teachers and those in need of improvement.
Alex and Ani: Cease advertising with radio station WPRO as long as habitual misogynist John DePetro remains on the air.
On September 27, 2013, WPRO talk radio host John DePetro referred to a number of women demonstrating outside a political event as “W-H-O-R-E-S” (as well as other derogatory terms, including “cockroaches” and “hags”) on the air. This is not the first time DePetro has made hateful statements against women in a public forum—notably he was dismissed from radio station WRKO in 2006 for calling Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross a “fat lesbian” on his show. He has promoted a “blame the victim” ideology in at least one instance involving the brutal rape and murder of a Massachusetts woman. And earlier this year, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker.
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Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals President Frank Flynn stated, “For too long Commissioner Gist has spoken of her support among classroom teachers. We decided to put that notion to an independent test. This survey found that she is not supported by classroom teachers. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that her leadership is almost universally rejected.”
The survey highlights speak for themselves:
- 82% of RI’s classroom teachers feel less respected today than they did when Commissioner Gist started a few years ago.
- Commissioner Gist’s highly touted Race To The Top initiative has been nothing short of a disaster for RI education. Classroom teachers, in overwhelming numbers, felt it was somewhat ineffective 22%) or a waste of money (60%).
- Teacher morale is abysmal under Commissioner Gist. Classroom teachers, at the rate of 68%, thought morale was poor, and 22% just fair. A remarkable 88% of teachers feel morale is unacceptable in RI schools today.
Rhode Island Retirement Security Coalition
tutorial on the pension situation in Rhode Island To learn more visit: www.rhodeislandretirementsecurity.org