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The quality of our schools and the availability of affordable health care continue to be two of the most talked about issues in our state. And these issues are at the cornerstone of the RIFTHP. The Federation is a diverse organization, representing more than 10,000 members who work as teachers, nurses and other health professionals, school related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and state and municipal employees.


RIFTHP Issues Press Release on Teacher Evaluation Bill

Press Release

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.

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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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RI Teachers Issue Stinging Indictment of Commissioner Gist

85% of Teachers Believe Her Contract Should Not Be Renewed

Providence, R.I. - An independent survey of Rhode Island’s public school classroom teachers today offered a stinging indictment of the leadership of Deborah Gist as the state’s Education Commissioner. The survey, conducted by Fleming and Associates from April 22 to April 24, consisted of a telephone survey of 402 randomly selected Rhode Island public school teachers. The entire survey is attached.

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.

The Rhode Island Pension Problem

Rhode Island Retirement Security Coalition
tutorial on the pension situation in Rhode Island To learn more visit: www.rhodeislandretirementsecurity.org 


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