Employee Contracts: “A promise made is a promise kept.”

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Alberto M. Carvalho

October 31, 2012

By: Isaac Castineira

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has issued yet another slap in the face to teachers.  When accepting the Broad Prize for Urban Education, he issued this statement.

“Over that last four years we have transformed our business practices, reduced taxes, increased reserves, and realigned resources in support of a single strategic goal of improving student achievement.  We have reformed and improved procurement policies and procedures to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the bond program, as well as equitable economic opportunity.  This same commitment will be brought to the administration of the bond program.

A promise made is a promise kept. We have promised to create new opportunities for our students to succeed and build a legacy of learning and a pathway to the future. Miami-Dade’s schools are number one in the country.  This recognition at the national level confirms the faith that our parents and citizens have in us.”

I have a few questions for Mr. Carvalho, how was he able to transform business practices, reduce taxes, and increase reserves?  I know the answer to that question, on the backs of teachers.

How long can he expect us to continue on the same step levels?  I know the answer to that question as well; as long as our UTD allows him do so.

My parting thought on this matter, “A promise made is a promise kept.”  Aren’t contracts like promises, why isn’t he or the school board keeping that promise????

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