Ending Seniority Hiring & Bumping in Providence Public Schools sign now

To: Steven Smith
President, Providence Teachers Union

Dear Mr. Smith:

We are Providence students, parents and residents. We value the contributions of Providence public school teachers. We know that high quality teachers are a critical part of a high quality education.

We believe that a teachers length of service is a relevant factor in determining the teachers quality and suitability for a position. We also believe that many other factors besides seniority determine teacher quality. The best teacher is not necessarily the most senior teacher.

We believe the seniority system, with its bumping rules, harms the quality of education. For that reason, we support the Rhode Island Education Commissioners Order requiring criterion-based teacher assignments (hiring and assigning teachers based on an interview process and an evaluation of their qualifications), and we support the plan of the Providence School Department to comply with that Order.

We are dismayed that the Providence Teachers Union has responded by filing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Commissioners Order and restore seniority as the only basis for teacher assignments.

We believe your lawsuit will harm the public interest by reducing the quality of education for the children of Providence. Hiring and assigning teachers based on seniority alone, and the bumping that results, are not in the best interests of students.

We therefore urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to withdraw the lawsuit immediately and redirect your efforts to collaborate with the Providence School Department to provide the best possible education for our children. Thank you for your consideration.

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  • 09 January 2016450. Karina L
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2016449. Jessica Holdens
    Nathan Bishop alumna and future Bishop parent Address, zip code 132 Humboldt Ave., 02906
  • 12 December 2015448. Rebecca P
    Bumping is so harmful to students. Stop it! Address, zip code 251 Olney St, Providence, RI 02906
  • 07 November 2015447. Elli M
    It makes me happy to see kids from the neighborhood walking to Nathan Bishop - Good Job everyone responsible! As in most other professions, however, seniority cannot be not the sole criterion for promotion. The city and schools should be able to evaluate
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    This is a very important issue - change is needed for the benefit of students Address, zip code 7 West Cushing Street, Providence, 02906
  • 01 June 2015436. Jeff L
    Parent of future Nathan Bishop students Address, zip code 170 Brown Street 02906
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  • 15 February 2015428. Eloise M
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  • 27 January 2015427. Celia A
    We need highly qualified teachers to improve our school system, and make it one of the best. Address, zip code 543 Lloyd Avenue, Apt. #1, Providence, RI 02906
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  • 07 January 2015425. Lucia Gillc
    "Bumping" bumps kids' needs out of the way to benefit adults Address, zip code 141 Morris Avenue, 02906
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