Gov. Garcia Padilla is working overtime to turn Puerto Rico into a “prívate” enterprise.
Yesterday he released a document supporting Senate 1456, a new law which would privatize major portions of the public education system of Puerto Rico.
Four ex-governors of Puerto Rico – Luis Fortuño, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Sila Calderón, Rafael Hernández Colón – all signed the document.
There has been a lot of argument and confusión about this bill. Its principal sponsor, Senate President Eduardo Bhatia, introduced it two months ago in August 2015.
Bhatia has repeatedly claimed that Senate 1456 would “protect the job of every teacher.” Yet in a recent press conference, Bhatia admitted that the private education authorities could hire and fire teachers at will. He also admitted that Senate 1456 will result in the closure of more schools.
We must all be clear about Senate 1456: this bill will invalidate all collective bargaining agreements within its jurisdiction.
Any school that is “privatized” will be authorized to fire any teacher, at will.
Teacher tenure, salaries, and pensions will no longer be protected.
The teachers union will have little, if any, negotiating power. It will not be able to protect its members.
No wonder that four ex-governors signed it – all of them mismanaged the Puerto Rican economy, and all of them are now circling the wagons, trying to make the Puerto Rican people pay for their mistakes.
Make no mistake about it.
Senate 1456 is part of the WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS.