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Ed blog is back!

March 23, 2011

With renewed energy for all things education in Rhode Island.

While I was away, Providence announced its plan to close 4 city schools and offer retirement incentives to more than 200 teachers and school administrators. The move is part of a citywide effort to slash budgets.

At a hearing last night, parents and teachers weighed in, urging city officials not to close schools in West Side neighborhoods, which residents claim are being harder hit than other parts of the city under the proposal.

In other news, the Rhode Island Asssociation of School Committees is weighing in against binding arbitration for teacher contract negotiations. The group says a bill to require binding arbitration would be “disastrous for students and taxpayers alike” because it does not prevent teachers from working to rule. The group also argues that arbitration “chills the negotiation climate and school districts settle rather than go through an arbitration process that can take well over a year and cost thousands of dollars.”

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