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Thursday, June 13, 2024


The St. Thomas-St. John American Federation of Teachers is urging parents, teachers and school support staff to "engage in an informational picketing of Government House" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
The AFT notice said, "Our schools are in crisis. While we must thank the governor for his emergency declaration, we are still without a crisp written action plan."
In recent days Education Commissioner Ruby Simmonds has announced two initiatives to alleviate some of the financial problems she said the department faces.
The first is for school children to pay for their own busing at a rate of $5 a week for elementary school students and $10 for secondary students.
The second initiative, disclosed over the weekend, is to use funds made available under the declared "state of emergency" in education to repair the public schools.
Simmonds said she was "meeting with various department leaders in an attempt to determine how monies can be spent in repairing, maintaining and in some cases reconstructing various parts of the school campuses."
She made those remarks at the re-opening of Government House on St. Croix, a project that took five years to complete and cost $13 million.
The AFT has asked picketers to meet at Emancipation Garden.

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