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12/20/2017 Rep. O’Brien will introduce ‘Teachers Bill of Rights’ study commission legislation in upcoming session
STATE HOUSE – Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) plans to introduce legislation during the upcoming 2018 General Assembly session that would establish a study commission to examine the possibility of creating a “Teachers Bill of Rights” in Rhode Island.

“I believe that every teacher has a right to work in a healthy employment environment that is free of mental and physical abuse.  And I believe every teacher has the right to work for a supportive administration that knows when to listen and support their teachers against unfounded allegations of abuse.  There must be some form of due process to determine the truth of any allegation before teachers are suspended from their jobs, which disrupts their classroom and students’ education.  Once a teacher’s reputation has been damaged, it is extremely difficult for them to clear their names after unfounded or false allegations are made against them.  This is why I will be introducing legislation that would study the feasibility of creating a teachers bill of rights,” said Representative O’Brien.

Representative O’Brien’s bill would also study an evaluation process for teachers that is based on classroom observation and discussions with parents, students, and administrators, rather than standardized testing scores.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903