- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Providence School District and the teachers union are taking their contract dispute to a mediator.

The 1,900-member Providence Teachers Union voted 611 to 182 Monday to reject the proposal.

Maribeth Calabro, president of the teachers union, said teachers questioned a provision of the proposed contract giving more autonomy to individual schools and establishing a new compensation system rewarding teachers for taking additional responsibility.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1prS8Av ) that Providence School Board President Keith Oliveira said he believes the contract rejection is related to the union’s internal politics.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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