Bennett asks Fitial to name him BOE teacher rep

Posted on Sep 30 2008

Former Board of Education teacher representative Ambrose Bennett has written to Gov. Benigno R. Fitial, asking the governor to appoint him as the acting and temporary teacher representative to the BOE.

In the letter, Bennett said Fitial has given teachers their constitutional right to organize and select their representative “on a silver platter adorned with olive branches yet [the Association of Commonwealth Teachers] has not responded to your request nor have teachers as whole been given any information about this historic turn of events from ACT.”

Bennett in the letter said he would step down once a replacement is elected.

He said he would only need to sign up 50 percent plus one teacher with a representative at every school in order to meet the constitutional requirement for “an exclusive bargaining representative of teachers within the Public School System.”

In August, ACT presented a letter to Fitial asking for the appointment of ACT president Betty Miller to the role of BOE teacher representative. According to the letter, three separate elections were held for teachers within the entire school system to vote for a representative, and each time Miller won.

Board of Education chair Lucy Blanco-Maratita said she would need to read Bennett’s letter before she commented.

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