East Greenwich, R.I. – The East Greenwich Education Association (EGEA) has planned a silent protest at the East Greenwich Town Council/School Committee joint meeting on Monday, May 15 at 7pm at Swift Community Center, 121 Pierce St. to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the contract recently forced upon them.
“The Town Council has decided through their actions that teachers will suffer the consequences of their mismanagement, poor planning, and practices,” said Christina O’Day, an organizer of the event. “The purpose of this protest is to ensure council members see us for once. See the teachers that are bearing the brunt of the town’s economic woes.”
Among the points that EGEA wants to communicate to the public are:
• The schools are underfunded
• Other town entities are not facing cuts
• Fiscal mismanagement has caused the bleak economic outlook in the town
• EG saved money on the backs of teachers
“The easy thing to do is blame teachers. We teach; we don't manage budgets. I think if the taxpayers of East Greenwich are presented with all the facts, they would truly understand our concerns. What I know with certainty is that over 22 years of teaching, the cost of living has gone up and my overall financial package has eroded steadily,” O’Day said.
EGEA recognizes the public – including their students – will witness their action and promises a professional, respectful protest.