The Haverhill Education Association (HEA) – the local teachers union – is scheduled to vote Thursday, June 15, 2017, on whether to allow the K-5 Silver Hill school to proceed with its renewal application. Approximately 500 teachers will vote on whether the 35 or so union teachers at Silver Hill will continue working under a model that teachers and parents at the school support.
"My hope is that all interested parties can bridge their differences for the sake of Silver Hill students and students throughout the district," Rosa said. "The passion shown by students, parents, teachers, and administrators for Silver Hill has been nothing short of amazing. As a city, we should come together and collaborate on this important issue."
Unlike typical charter schools, which operate independently of local school districts, Horace Mann charter public schools are created with the approval of local school committee and the teachers' union. Horace Mann teachers are members of the local collective bargaining agreement and are paid per the district scale. Silver Hill teachers, custodians, clerks, ESPs, and administration are HEA union members and pay union dues.
In 2006, the Silver Hill School faced possible state takeover due to low student achievement, according to a recent Commonwealth Magazine article, and local leaders obtained state approval to convert it to a Horance Mann charter. The school opened under the Horace Mann model in 2008, and it has since made strong gains, including achieving Level 1 state status.
"It is unfortunate that this issue has divided many people in our City," Rosa said, "especially since the common goal of everyone involved is to do what is best for all students."
For the charter renewal application to move forward, it must be approved not only by a majority vote of the teacher's union but also by a vote of the Haverhill School Committee.
Additional Information About Silver Hill's Charter Renewal
School Committee Candidate Supports a Silver Hill Charter Public School Solution
Rosa urges interested parties to work together to renew the Horace Mann public school's charter for the sake of students, parents, and teachers throughout Haverhill.
FOR RELEASE: June 13, 2017
CONTACT: Rich Rosa, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-835-5906
Haverhill, Mass. – Haverhill School Committee candidate Rich Rosa urges the Haverhill Education Association (HEA), the School Committee and other elected officials to find fair and equitable solutions to the differences surrounding the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter Public School so that students, parents, and teachers can continue the school's good work.