Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

A while back I introduced you to David Upegui, a science teacher at Central Falls. David is one of many extraordinary teachers across the state whose hard work goes largely unacknowledged under Rhode Island’s outdated teacher staffing model.

Since the beginning of session we’ve been advocating for legislation to change that. And this week we’ve reached a critical milestone: the House and Senate labor committees will hear S-2531 and H-7863, bills to prize our most talented teachers, protecting them from arbitrary layoffs and rewarding them for success.

We need your help to make sure S-2531 and H-7863 clear this hurdle. Click here to tell legislators just how important that bill is for teachers like David and the students they teach.

Rhode Island has already started moving towards a system that prizes our best teachers. A new, state-of-the-art educator evaluation system is being piloted across the state. The Department of Education has encouraged districts to adopt staffing policies that factor in more than just years in the classroom. Now it’s time to align state law with that vision.

Over the next few days, the House and Senate Labor committees will hear testimony on these bills – and we want to make sure your voice is heard, too.

Tell members of House and Senate Labor to support H-7863 and S-2531, protect great teachers like David from layoffs and make quality count in our classrooms.

Thank you for your support!


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