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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - The city has reached a tentative deal with the teacher’s union on a new contract.

Negotiations have been on-going since the previous contract expired last August.

“This agreement is a step in the right direction for our Providence school community as we seek transformational changes in our school system. We are working hard to ensure that our students are learning in schools that inspire them. We are encouraging school-based autonomy and personalized learning because our students are unique and each child has so much potential. This contract allows us to better support our kids by supporting our teachers’ skill development,” said Mayor Elorza.

Earlier this year, teachers voted to authorize a "work to rule" policy meaning they did the bare minimum their jobs require.

President Calabro said, “The leadership of the PTU is pleased that we could reach a tentative agreement that respects teachers and supports the need to address summer learning loss and the ability to continue our positive, collaborative relationship with the district in the best interest of our students.”

The new agreement still has to be approved by union members and the Providence City Council.


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