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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