Board Votes to Send Termination Letters to RI Teachers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The school board of Rhode Island's financially troubled capital city has voted to send termination Letters to all of its nearly 2,000 teachers after city officials said the move would give them “maximum flexibility” to make budget cuts.

State law requires school departments to notify teachers by March 1 if they'll be laid off the following school year.

Providence teachers received notices of potential layoffs before the board met Thursday night and voted 4-3 on sending termination letters. The move means some of the teachers could lose their jobs at the end of the year.

Teachers call the move “insane.”

The Providence Journal newspaper reports more than 700 teachers packed the Providence Career and Technical Academy gymnasium to tell school officials their hearts were broken and their trust was violated.

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