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Union leaders gather in Woonsocket to demand more schools' aid
Providence Journal ^ | March 22, 2012 6:46 pm | By Jennifer D. Jordan

Posted on 03/23/2012 5:20:58 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

WOONSOCKET, R.I. -- With a $10-million deficit in the school budget, painful cuts in programs, and every one of the city's 500 teachers pink-slipped, national and local union leaders gathered Thursday in front of Woonsocket High School to demand more help from the state's political leaders.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, demanded Governor Chafee and the General Assembly provide more money for schools "if you think the future of this state is important ... if you really care about kids."

Weingarten's criticism of Chafee came even though his spending plan includes nearly $40 million more in aid to local schools, to be paid for by a 2-percentage-point hike in the meals and beverage tax.

However, Chafee's support of pension reform has angered union leaders.


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