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Dear Providence: This Is INSANE!!!

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The world is going to hell all over.

Last night, it was decided by the Providence School Board of Rhode Island that termination letters would be sent to all, yes ALL, of the city's nearly 2,000 teachers in an effort to have "maximum flexibility" to make budget cuts.

A travesty! How could they do such a thing to the community?!

Mayor Angel Taveras was on hand at the board's meeting to hear the vote, along with more than 700 teachers who implored the voters to do the right thing and save their futures as educators. But even the power of their numbers couldn't save them from their fate - the board voted 4-3 in favor of sending termination letters.

Now, they all face the uncertainty of losing their jobs come the end of this year. Some of them maybe spared from the layoffs, but the majority will not.

Mayor Taveras said in a statement that although he was sensitive to the teachers plight and their uncertain futures, "putting Providence back on solid financial footing will require shared sacrifice across our community."

This is…deplorable. How did you screw things up so badly that you need to wipe your schools clean of their teachers, Mr. Mayor? How about your fire the city's accountants for mismanaging your funds so atrociously, instead of leaving the people who are educating the future of your city in the lurch?!

Our deepest sympathies go out the the teachers of Providence for being dealt this heavy blow, as well as their students, who are the ones who are really going to be losing out in the end.

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82 comments to “Dear Providence: This Is INSANE!!!”

  1. 1

    Very sad… The U.S is slowly becoming a third world

  2. 2

    Mario, No one takes you seriously when your file this under "icky icky poo"
    You are setting gays back so much!

  3. 3

    If the community doesn't have the money to pay for benefits for community paid employees, they have the right to either cut salaries or limit benefits OR to raise taxes to pay for those things. Money doesn't simply appear out of nowhere. EVERYONE is hurt by the economy. What the states that are battling the teacher unions ought to do is establish an exchange program for these teachers. Have them come to South Carolina or Alabama and work for the salaries THOSE teachers work under and see if they then complain when all they are asked to do is pay a portion of their health insurance. Teachers in many states are paid ONE HALF the salary of those in Rhode Island and Wisconsin–and although the cost of living may be somewhat smaller–it isn't THAT much different. States are going bankrupt, something has to be done and YES, that means many MANY state employees are going to see their benefit packages decrease. It can not be HELPED!!!!

  4. 4

    Your a fucking idiot. Your like an 8th grader who thinks they hear something than thinks they know everything about it. It's law in that state, if teachers are going to be laid off, they all have to be notified way in advance. So, the state sends them all a notice of possible termination. It's just procedure. And your also wrong when you say most will lose their jobs, the opposite is true, most will keep theirs, but, again, this had to go to everyone as explained above. And I'll tell you how they got in this mess, the unions are 1 huge reason, just like the other 49 states. You are such a fucking douche. What a joke.

  5. 5

    This is terrible. Maybe they should lay off some of the ADMINISTRATION instead of all the teachers! Everyone points to the poor teachers who are shaping our future, but there are a lot of people that work for a district that are not teachers.

  6. 6

    FYI, he only just became the mayor. the financial straits of providence are not his fault. that said, providence is mired in political drama and BS and has been for years. the city is in major financial trouble, and the unions in RI are OUT OF CONTROL. Some schools will be closed, but the majority of those teachers will return to work in september. the layoffs can really be blamed on the unions…since contract stipulations require notification of layoffs by this time of year.

  7. 7

    Yeah fire the accountants. Fire the Unions that pushed the finances of Providence into this mess. Better yet let PAPA Obama write a check. Right MArio. Would that make you feel better?

  8. 7tizz says – reply to this


    So, who's gonna teach the kids now? Do they have to re-apply and take a major pay cut?

  9. 9

    yeah it sucks.. I live in Rhode Island and this state sucks, just saying

  10. 10

    This happens at the end of the school year in many places. They fire everyone without tenure, then hire back at their own discretion. It's nothing new.

  11. 11

    Please have your writers get ALL of the facts before you post mario. RI State law requires notice of possible layoffs…..they are not sure how many will need to be laid off so they are following legal requirements and sending everyone notices of layoffs. these are just notices..not actual layoffs of all the teachers.

  12. 12

    In my homestate's defense, hoochpit and lilipi are right. The teachers have to be notified before March if their jobs are in danger for the next school year. AND by giving them all pink slips, tenure is no longer a part of the equation. The very best educators will be chosen to stay and the rest will be let go. Most of them will keep their jobs.
    Mayor Tavares inherited a whole load of bullshit when he took office. His predecesor didn't do much of anything to fix the education system and when he started to discuss it, his term was over and he was elected to another office, a higher, better paying office where I'm sure he will do as little as possible.

  13. 13

    Re: hello hello 75 – Paleeeeze. Shaping our future…poor teachers. I'm so sick of hearing that bullshit political phrase about how great they are and how they have the toughest job. Did you go to public school??? In a major city(where most kids go)??? Actually, more teachers are just plain shit than great. And the reason they are still fucking our kids up is a little thing called tenure. Thank the unions for that. Some are great, and shape our future, most are just there getting paid and receiving entitlements. FACT.

  14. 14

    Instead of starting on the bottom of the economic heap, why don't they start at the top and look into how much paid vacation, retirement benefits and job perks the politicians running Rhode Island (for that matter the rest of the states and this country) vote themselves. Let's start making THOSE cuts first shall we?

  15. 15

    So you guys just can't stop spending?
    That's what happens when you have no money left in the coffers, and you still overreach.
    It's just the beginning.
    This will go viral across the USA.
    Good thing we have BamBam to sort it all out.

  16. 16

    Great idea, just what America needs. More uneducated people. If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys. For example, I will bring it up again. I have my degree from Tulane University. I found a job working in a local emergency room. They paid me $6.80 an hour. People I met woking in fast food places were making $10 an hour. So really it seems the way America sees it, an education is of little benefit. We have to except it. This is a blue collar nation(nothing wrong with hard working blue collared jobs) however we can't get our knickers in a twist or be surprised that teachers are being terminated. Education is by no means a priority here. Bi-partisan fighting is the subject of choice. Slowly going 3rd world? I think it is coming much faster that we can run. Sorry people, if you're not connected, you lose. Just the American doctrine at the moment. JMO of course and nothing to do with the present or previous administrations. Just how I've been treated and what I see.

  17. 17

    And this is a blue state. Obama and the liberals are doing a wonderful job.

  18. 18

    Re: hoochpit – Yeah, I'm the reason your kids are fucked up…… I'm pretty sure you can take 100% of the blame for that. Teachers are not in the business of raising your kids for you. Time to step up and take care of that yourself.
    As a 4th year teacher I make terrible money. Stop kidding yourself by thinking teachers make a huge income. We are educated professionals. I am sorry if we make more than your McDonald's salary but that doesn't even come close to covering the work we do or the abuse we take.

  19. 19

    Gia52684 is right on the money. This is a procedural move to allow the mayor to have the maximum amount of flexibility in trying to solve their gaping budget deficit. Lord knows the teachers' union wouldn't allow him one letter's worth of deviation from the current contract if he did not do this.

  20. 20

    Perez i usually love your stories but this is something you clearly don't understand because you dont leave in rhode island. i have lived in rhode island my whole life, and i have watched the providence school system go down. at this point in time this is the only way to get the teachers attention that they either have to want to teach in order to improve the education level of this generation and the next generation of children, or they need to rethink what their life's calling is. a majority of the teachers is are in it for the large salleries and not to teach these students. most of the students end up dropping out at 16 because they aren't learning anything because of the school system. the newly elected mayor is taking steps that the previous mayor should have taken years ago. the result wouldn't have to be so drastic now if previous politicians did their jobs instead of standing around not doing anything so they are well liked by the people. maybe next time you decide to do a story on a states political problems you should research the history. or just stick to the celebrities because there is a big difference between being a celebrity and being a politician, which everyone seems to be getting confused about these days.

  21. 21

    Re: MsJillian – Never said you made huge incomes or my kid is fucked up. As a matter of fact, the school he went to had pretty damn good teachers. He's now a Junior and a private, highly ranked college on academic scholarship. Nice to see our teachers(you) pick and chose what they want to hear. If you are as you are implying, than you are one of those I mentioned as being good. But if your going to be honest and not lie your ass off, you know i'm right. All you have to do is look around in your workplace and you know who is and is not a good teacher. And plenty are not. And you know it, if not, most likely your one of those shitty ones.

    P.S. I was in the military during both gulf wars and make probably half of what you made. Are you saying my job was not important???? Without valid logical statements, your are worth shit. AND WHY ARE YOU ON PEREZ, YOU SHOULD BE SHAPING OUR KIDS! BACK TO FUCKING WORK!

  22. 22

    Re: MsJillian – And another thing. As you've so eliquently put it, your job is not to raise my kid. I guess it's just to teach, that's all. In that case, what the fuck makes you so special. A trained chimp could read a lesson plan. If you don't want to influence kids positively, that's on you, but quit crying when you are not handed more entitlements. For Christ sakes, if the public school systems and it's teachers are so great, why do home school kids always grade out better than their public school peers.

  23. 23

    Re: MsJillian – I feel bad for you as well, with those long 7 hour days for 10 months a year. Must be so taxing, how do you stand it.

  24. 24

    "This is…deplorable. How did you screw things up so badly that you need to wipe your schools clean of their teachers, Mr. Mayor?"

    To Perez and all those commenting…I am a recent college grad who grew up in Providence and attended a Providence public school. I love your website Perez but maybe you should do a bit more background research prior to posting news related blog posts. The new mayor has a lot to clean up, he has not been in office for long and is trying to clean up a financial mess that the past 2 mayors left us with. (Buddy Cianci and David Ciccilline). This is a devastating blow to the community but our last mayor Ciccilline really screwed up the states finances even further.

    Love your mindless blogs on celebrities but please base your opinions in regards to actual news on facts and evidence!

  25. KateT says – reply to this


    Perez, what do you recommend? The state go beyond broke like your home state? Tough times equal tough budget cuts. It's not like public education is anything to brag about as our country is FAR behind other countries.

  26. 26

    Thank you for posting this, Perez. My brother is a devoted teacher in Providence and is beside himself. He is working two jobs outside of school to feed his family and now has to deal with this? Where WERE the city accountants?

    Hoochpit, you're mistaken, and your spelling and grammar are terrible.

  27. 27

    WOW…how is this even legal?? Is the US like a 3rd world country now?? How will this do any good for the economy when kids can't be properly educated to run the future?? I know it's tough times but how about cutting back on things are aren't so important…

  28. 28

    Someone needs to be accountable for this mess. This same situation is occurring around the country because the public employee unions receive life long benefits that are not sustainable. Whoever agreed to these terms,(mostly likely a politician in the pocket of unions) need to be accountable as well. Corrupt Politicians will say and do anything to stay in office-that is why there is a problem, our politicians can be bought! We desperately need term limits!

  29. 29

    Re: hoochpit – Please learn the difference between "your" and "you're". One is a possessive, one is a contraction of "you are". Thank you.

  30. 30

    Re: the real stinkweed – Murder isn't new either, but it's still detestable.

  31. 31

    Re: whitechocklit – I know, my spelling sucks so bad, my kids teases me all the time. My reading comprehension is even worse. I can read brilliantly, but I remember nothing. Sadly, it was not the teachers fault either, it must be genetic. I'm a god damned genius in math and science though. It's strange how that shit works, your great at some areas but borderline retarded in others. At least I get the curse words spelled right, maybe a little extra credit for that?

  32. 32

    How can this be legal on a federal level? Are our nation's children not entitled to a free public education? Aren't teachers charged with the task of educating? Who's going to do the teaching? The administrators?

  33. 33

    Re: Deadwing – I do know the difference, i didn't realize this was a hot spot for teachers. I'm a computer programmer, so by nature, my spelling is going to suck, I shorten everything and don't even realize it. You must go fucking ape shit crazy reading blogs if me not using the correct your/you're gets to ya. Recommendation…Zoloft, it's helped me alot, no, really, it has. But than again, I could just sit here and blame my spelling/grammer/reading comprehension on shitty teachers, but that would be wrong now wouldn't it. And just to be clear, I don't work and McDonald's, i have 2 degrees and am a very well paid professional….just can't fucking spell or puncuate.

  34. 34

    Great idea in theory, not so great in practice. The upside is (if they have the balls to go through with it) that they can re-hire only the "good" teachers and ones that aren't loudmouths and/or troublemakers. The bad news is that this will immediately cause 2,000 new weekly unemployment checks at a time when cash flow would be good (read: less required) because some (many? most?) teachers don't get paid in the summer. Overall, I like the firing plan.

  35. 35

    Re: hoochpit – I'm not a teacher; I'm just literate. I just find the irony funny when someone who can't write to save their life is calling others stupid and like an 8th grader. Congratulations on your multiple degrees, but it will be more impressive when you mature a little more and learn some civility.

  36. 36

    Re: hoochpit – I agree with you completely on all your posts. I went to a public high school in a town outside of Philadelphia and can honestly say, 99% of those teachers deserve to lose their jobs. There are very few teachers who were committed to their job of educating students in an appropriate manner. Tenure is the worst thing to have ever happened to the education system. Teachers who don't take their jobs seriously retain their position in schools when they are more fit to be serving fries at McDonald's.

  37. 37

    By Law, notice of pink slips need to be sent out before March 1st. The cilty IS NOT firing all of its teachers. What they are doing is putting everyone on notice while they determine how many do need to be layed off- and who that will be. They are only covering their bases while the decisions are made. That being said- it makes much better media announcing that ALL are being given their notices versus the small amount of teachers who actually do lose their jobs after the school year is out!

  38. 38

    privatize education. unions ruined public education. go to vouchers. public school…20k a kid and 50% graduate. private school 3k and they all go to college….MORON.

    they are too busy teaching hate bush in math class and tea partiers are racist in science class…its all lib propoganda. get rid of public schools. parents shoudl send their kids to the best schools and the shit ones should close. fire shitty teachers. f tenure.

  39. lck says – reply to this


    Re: grantbullis – …

    your ranting makes you seem like an idiot. how is obama part of this?

  40. 40

    Re: Deadwing – OK, spit out the dictionary douchebag. And i didn't call others stupid or like 8th graders, I called Mario that. And calling him an 8th grader is a reflection of his emotional maturity, not education level. But being literate obviously doesn't translate into smart, because you seem like a fucking retard. Must be hell when misspelled words get your panties that wadded up. And while we are at it, mr. literate. It's not ironic, your referring to hipocracy with your example. Shocked you didn't know that since you are so literate. I'll take my poor spelling any day over your inability to understand the words that you spell.

  41. 41

    Re: Deadwing – Just to be clear, i'll help you out. It would have been ironic if I called someone stupid, all the while, getting upset that others called me stupid. That is irony you genius. Calling someone stupid when I myself am stupid, well, you guessed it, that is called hypocritical.

  42. 42

    Yes, there are bad teachers…I do see them around me as I currently teach in RI. But also think about what cities & towns are now going to do…fire top step teachers and hire teachers for less money, basically saying that when your salary gets to a point that is too much for cities to deal with, they refuse to pay it by firing you, regardless of how great of a teacher you are.

    Many private sector people also do not understand what goes into our jobs. Volunteer for a day (yes, take a personal day off & visit your local high school…wow, what a thought). It's not just "reading lesson plans". Who do you think created them, planned a method to engage students in learning, and delivered on it?? I teach a 120 kids a year, deal with their parents, their attitudes, and their home lives that now become part of MY LIFE. I work nonstop on weekends & at night when I get home (which is usually around 7 or 8PM!!!!), preparing for the 3 different subject area classes I teach….yes, writing lessons for each one for the week ahead.

    And do the math….even if you just paid me for the time in the classroom (not the time at home at night or weekends calling parents, e-mailing progress reports, doing grades) towns would be broke. I teach 7 hours a day…and see 120 students. Let's see…if I make MINIMUM WAGE of $6.75 an hour, times 120 students (because babysitters charge BY THE KID), times the 180 days I work….I should be making $146,000 A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. 43

    Re: hoochpit – I'm not sure being a teacher is about 7 hour days. Instead, I think it's like being in meetings for 7 hours a day, and then having to do more work (grading papers, developing plans/schedules/etc). Certainly, there are many bad teachers who don't work as much as they should. But an equal number of teachers clock upwards toward 16 hours a day.

  44. 44

    Re: hoochpit – Are you assuming that teaching is the only field of business that have people that don't want to be there? And are you assuming that it's just the teachers' fault that kids don't learn, or don't read, or don't do their homework? The whole system we have is being destroyed from the inside because of people like you. Now, seeing as I don't know you personally, when I say "people like you" I'm talking about people with your ideals. People who think that teaching isn't a real job and that teachers don't do anything before school, after school, or during the summer.
    Just getting certified to teach doesn't mean you're done. Every five years you have to be update your certification by taking classes and going to seminars and leading meetings. It's not an 8-3 job for only 10 months a year. As been said, I can't think of one teacher I had, grade school through high school, that left right at 3. I can't think of one teacher that showed up just a few minutes before 8. Lumping everyone together because you had a bad experience, or because your kids had a bad experience, is really unfair.
    The average a teacher makes is around $50,000. For a job as thankless as teaching I really find it hard to believe that people are there just for a paycheck.

  45. 45

    opinions are like assholes. everyone has one. my dad is the superintendent of providence public schools and hoochpit is right. it's a procedural thing.

  46. 46

    ok, i just realized hoochpit wrote a lot more than i read. i'm new to this comment thing.

  47. 47

    Thank you Perez, for bringing this to the national spotlight. I teach in FL, and I am afraid this is about to be a nationwide epidemic. How the heck to "they" expect the US to "get ahead" and "compete" with other nations when "they" underfund public education?! On behalf of all the educators out there…thank you for writing about this. We teachers

  48. 48

    @hoochpit…how do you think they are to determine "the best" teachers vs the worst?! Test scores? Sorry, that doesn't show jack shit about what teachers are "good" vs "bad". I am sick of my profession being treated no better than drug dealers and strippers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 49

    My sons school in NH did the exact same thing (it became a huge pissing match between the school board and the town) and for the rest of the school year he didn't learn a damm thing!!! The teachers were all too upset to teach. They eventually re-hired all but 10% back by July but they are now threatening to do it again if the school board doesn't fork over more $$.. It's all falling back on the tax payers. Our country has really gone to hell!!

  50. 50

    Re: Kimberly Ryan – kimberly- have you watched waiting for superman?

  51. 51

    Hey dickhead. Accountants only keep track of the numbers, they DON'T AUTHORIZE THE SPENDING, ETC!!!! So, blame the people who have the power of authorization, not the messenger! jesus christ! get a clue!

    an accountant

  52. 52

    Re: Kimberly Ryan

    First- To Kimberly Ryan- Dear Lord, if our teachers are getting their news and information from Mario Perez Hilton, it's no wonder why we are in the mess we are in with education. Please, please get yourself to a reliable website and learn that the giving out of "pink slips" is a procedural move and is part of Rhode Island law to notify employees of *possible* layoffs, as is required. This type of headline is used to gain publicity for less responsible newsmedia and those with special interests.

    Secondly, To Perez, Maybe you should stick to gossip and leave newsworthy information to those who actually learn what a story is about. Printing sensational headlines and inflaming people with half-truths is a gossip thing, not a news thing. You are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  53. 53

    Re: Bradsfan – I completely agree with you.

  54. 54

    I grew up in that school system and I know many teachers that hardly taught or even worse, didnt care. It is not about the accountants who "mismanaged funds" its about the thousands of teachers that demanded more money at the most inconvenient times like a school bully knowing full well that we would have to pay them more and in order to pay all the teachers more we began having to cut programs like sports and arts. So next time you want to yell at the mayor on your site that reaches 11million viewers daily double check your facts, get the story straight, understand that we need to rid this school system of it's bad seeds and that Rhode Island is finally attempting to scare these teachers into doing what they SHOULD already be doing and what they are PAID to do- teach the students and give a damn about their cushy job.

  55. 55

    Dear Perez and all others making comments who did not grow up in RI. Before you start reacting to why 2,000 teachers are getting termination letters I think you should first understand what is going on. The RI teachers union is very corrupt and downright greedy. RI, unlike other states, has a very large, very demanding, and very greedy teachers union. We have some excellent teachers and some horrible teachers of which we cannot fire simply for being bad at their job. Thus we have a number of teachers union strikes yearly, often the day before school is about to start petitioning for more and more money. The problem with this is that RI has to pay them in order to get the schools running but we begin to pay terrible teachers higher salaries every year for being just as shitty at their job as they were the year before. RI is in no way trying to terminate 2,000 teachers for being good teachers they are trying to rid the school systems of the awful teachers that stay in the system for 25 years only to quit at 26 years for a higher payout.

  56. 56

    Re: GMUkittykat – Everyone should watch waiting for Superman. This documentary should have been nominated for an academy award but it was overlooked since it does not mesh with the LIBERAL LEFTIST Hollywood Agenda. The person who created this movie was the same person who created AL Gore's "inconvenient truth" so he is not a right winger. The reason why the schools are in a financial mess is because of the financial and tenure constraints place on them by the teacher's unions. I personally think good teachers should be making big salaries but they also should pay into their healthcare and pensions like the private sector. THe bad teachers should be terminated. If the bad teacher questions their dismissal they should seek out an employment attorney.

  57. 57

    Re: yumba1 – I have too seen waiting for superman. I work at an urban school in the DC area for students with emotional disabilities so the movie really hit home. I thought it was a great depiction of where we are headed as a nation as far as education is concerned. I just wish I could do more, maybe work for KIPP school :)

  58. @v@ says – reply to this


    Send the bill for the teachers to the people who are actually responsible for the whole world's finances being in the crapper. How many derivative, short selling and mortgage fraud billions are in off shore accounts somewhere? Let's not look at that. Let's fire all the teachers, firemen, and policemen and roll back the entire country's pensions. Throws hands up. Where is rule of law?

  59. 59

    my little sisters school district has a superintendent with FOUR assistants, who the hell needs four assistants, wouldn't that complicate things? some people a bit higher on the totem pole need to be fired in my opinion

  60. 60

    FIRE the politicians! They're the ones that are a waste of money!

  61. Stepy says – reply to this


    Hmmm I wonder what areas are NOT having their budgets cut and people laid off. Surely there is something less important than the education of their CHILDREN! Insanity.

  62. 62

    Re: hoochpit – I'm glad my mom doesn't talk like you: while fighting with bloggers on online… just saying.

  63. 63

    Re: windbourne – You got screwed if you graduated from Tulane and are only making $6.80 an hour!!I have had two Loyola graduates, 1 LSU graduate, and 1 nursing school graduate and they are all making over $50,000 a year with great benefits. Maybe you should have negotiated a little better. Just saying….

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    Re: hoochpit – My mother has been a teacher for 16 years, not in RI, but in (State redacted) where the unions are crap. She wakes up at midnight to work on lesson plans, grade papers, set up clinical jobs for her students. She leaves the house at 4:30 and sometimes barely makes it home by 20:00. She spends her summer months researching changes in the industry and standards, and reworking her lesson plans. She has to put up with kids who take drugs, kids who skip class, kids who are violent and billigerent, and kids who just plain don't want to learn. Gaining an education only works if you WANT to be educated. And don't get me started on irresponsible parents who believe it is my mother's sole job to raise their kids.

  65. 65

    HA, HA!! Bust the lame, thug unions. They have become what they once fought. Pay and benefits on merit. Period. If you are a good teacher, you will have a job. If you suck, you have zero business even being around kids. The fact that they are being asked to contribute just a bit to their insurance and their reaction say's it all. Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie. Well guess what, you took it all. There is nothing left. Be gratful you have a freeken job.

  66. 66

    People listen up…. salaries and pentions are a very small part of collective bargaining, which is what the state governmets are focusing on taking away from unions….. teachers unions use this to advocate for children to get what students need put into the budget… new textbooks, computers, art, music, special education aides, interventionists, speech therapy, after school tutoring, etc… all these things are gained by being put into the education budget through bargaining by the union. Do unions need to be reigned in? Absolutely… but do the professionals (required by law to obtain masters degrees mind you) who qualify for food stamps throughout most of their careers deserve to be used as scapegoats for a budget deficit they did not create? No. Should your children pay the price for these problems? NO! Educating the minds of our children should be at the top of our national agenda…. not the bottom of the barrel.

  67. 67

    Re: hoochpit – you are an asshole. Have you ever TAUGHT in an inner-city school? because I have and guess what: it's not the teacher's faults that those kids are so hard to reach!!!! It doesn't matter how good of a teacher you are if your students have no respect for education. The parents of most inner city students also have no respect for education, and let their kids hang out on the streets all night. Anyone who thinks that teachers need less credit is so retarded, I can only imagine you are one of those inner city students that has no respect for education. It is also very hard to become a teacher, and for every job opening there are about 800 applications. So, if the SCHOOLS are picking shitty teachers, blame the schools.

  68. 68

    how about someone ask Mayor Taveras why he hired a liason for 95K/yr to be the go between to him and Providnece's school superintendent??? moeny comes from existing funds? yeah right…..go back to where you came from Mayor T.

  69. 69

    Rhode Island… the new Arizona…..

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    Re: Deadwing – a teacher could've helped hoochpit with that! haha

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    perez do your research. im from rhode island, so let me fill you in. taveras only just became mayor this past november. it is very unfortunate that this happened, but you have no idea how in debt not only providence but the whole state of rhode island is. they're trying to make budget cuts everywhere. some teachers may have to be laid off just to even keep the schools open at all. its not taveras's fault. providence is one of the most corrupt cities in the country- you cant turn on the news here without hearing how someone was money laundering, getting kickbacks or cooking up some other scheme to steal money from the state. in reference to tara end of story and sss1's posts- they're exactly right. my aunt recently just retired from working in the providence public school system- you have no idea how fucked up it is perez. altho many of the teachers are devoted to their jobs, the rest of them are LAZY and milk the union to make 70-80thou a year with benefits included. and in top of that, its a known fact that union workers constantly STEAL money from the state, its ridiculous. and the past 2 mayors- one who went to jail for bribery, and other who just didnt know what the hell he was doing (who somehow made it to CONGRESS people) ran the city into the ground. taveras has nothing to work with and a lot to fix.

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    so perez, before you go ranting about how awful it is, do your research. rhode island is a beautiful place that has unfortunately been smeared with dishonest and just plain old stupid politicians for years, and now the current generation is paying the price for their fuck ups.

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    Re: BeeLahhve – Or we could judge him as an individual and not a representative of an entire community. I don't think all gays are immature and mean, do U?

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    A travesty! How could they do such a thing to the community?!

    It's simple. If you can't afford pay for something then you can't have it. The teaches with their ridiculous union and contracts simply priced themselves out of jobs. Jobs should be earned and deserved, not guaranteed.

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    Re: hoochpit – Well now its become clear that you have no fucking clue what you're talking about.

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    Re: hoochpit – And how old are you? Yelling and complaining like a 14-year old would do after getting back a bad grade. Of course there are good schools and bad schools, excellent teachers and teachers that never should've stepped in front of a classroom, what else is new? It's the same in so many other professions as well, go-getters and underachievers. But you're claiming most teachers 'are shit'. Pretty balsy statement for someone who apparently doesn't know (or just doesn't care, which is just as dumb) the difference between your and you're.

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    Re: Gia52684 – sounds like you know what you're talking about .

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    they can't possibly fire or lay off every teacher in the state. Re: DeadwingRe: MsJillian – if you make shit for money you can always do something else, oh, but you might suck at that too.

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    Re: Queen mab – You're stupid. Allow a community to cut teachers? And you will wonder why the steal and crime rate will sky rocket in the next 10 years because kids won't have school. Oh and the wonderful idea of having teachers travel job to job? Isn't it hard enough that teachers not only have to make sure they have specific teaching lessons that accommodate every student in the class,but also taking time away to grade papers,putting together educational field trips AND making sure that your child is certain in his or herself and can be the best they can be? Why not cut back on other things? Like I don't know politicians? Charge the rich more taxes?! You are an idiot and obviously need to go back to school.

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    Re: hoochpit – Wow. Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to teachers. Teachers on average use $900 of their own money annually for supplies and instructional material. They also don't only spend 7 hours a day for ten months on their job. Do you ever wonder when the teachers make their lesson plans, correct papers, or even prepare for the next day? They don't go to work then come home and do nothing. Unlike many jobs, it is impossible to not take your work home with you. Teachers are constantly doing things for their students. I'll admit, sometimes there are some really bad teachers, but don't try to make all of them seem like they don't do anything for the children. Try looking at all the extra things they do, outside of the classroom and find out how much time they actually spend on their job.

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    Rhode Island is dying You can smell it

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    Rhode Island is the shit that came out from below the tail of Massachusetts ass It is true I have lived here my whole life and it just gets worse and worse every day I would of left a long time ago Everyone is leaving But like most people Have no way of leaving because we are broke I think RI is doomed and people like us will be paying more and more and more God bless all those people that got out of here Hey people who left RI You forgot me