Elorza Administration, Providence Teachers Union Announce Tentative Labor Agreement

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza and Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan
Lusi today joined with Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro to
conduct a ceremonial signing of a new, three-year contract to move Providence
Schools forward.

The tentative agreement with the union that represents about 1,900 public school
teachers in Providence includes provisions that increase decision-making at the
school level school by providing greater autonomy; establishes a structure for
additional planning time for high school teachers; codifies a mutual agreement on
teacher evaluations reflective of state law; and creates a district-wide peer
assistance and review program to provide support for teachers.

"This agreement positions Providence Schools to make progress on my administration's
goals to raise academic achievement in every school, engage our community and reform
the role of central administration to create a school department that just works for
students and families," Mayor Elorza said. "I thank Providence Teachers Union
President Maribeth Calabro for her good-faith efforts to reach an agreement that
serves our children and families, and I applaud every teacher in the Providence
Schools for their professionalism and commitment to providing every student in their
classrooms with the education they need and deserve."

In the past four school years, graduation rates have risen from 65 to 71 percent;
dropout rates have declined from 21 to 14 percent; and reading scores have improved
at both the 4th and 11th grade levels and particularly for English Language

"I am pleased we have reached agreement on a new contract to move Providence Schools
forward, and I thank PTU President Calabro for her work in these negotiations. It
wasn't always easy, but together we have come to a strong agreement," Dr. Lusi said.

Financial terms in the agreement include a 1 percent raise at the beginning the
2015-2016 school year; a 1.75 percent raise at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school
year; and 1.5 percent raise upon the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year.

"I am pleased to announce this tentative agreement and wish to thank Mayor Elorza
and Dr. Lusi for their commitment to this process.  As Dr. Lusi stated this has not
been an easy road, but I believe that the hard work, dedication and willingness of
all parties to be creative have brought us to this strong and fair agreement,"
Calabro said.