Providence school board fires all its teachers
Late last week, the Providence school board decided to send termination notices to its entire teaching staff. The board said it needed "maximum flexibility" to deal with a $40 million budget deficit. Today, a story in the Providence Journal says that the union president has gone to the mayor asking for him to reverse the decision. The school system took action because it is required to notify teachers by March 1st if they will lose their jobs at the end of the school year.
The termination notices don't take effect until this summer and most of the teachers are expected to be hired back. But firing the teachers rather than laying them off gives the school district more discretion in how it does the cuts. The firing also makes it more difficult for teachers to collect unemployment benefits.