Bill to give school nurses PTS is endangered
A bill passed by the Legislature that would allow school nurses to obtain professional teacher status (PTS) has been returned by the governor with an unrelated amendment. The bill now awaits legislative action in the House to either accept or reject the governor's amendment.
The bill is part of the MTA's legislative package and was sponsored by Rep. Christine Canavan (D-Brockton). It was passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate and was sent to the Governor on June 8. The governor returned the bill to the Legislature on June 15 with a proposed amendment that would remove assistant principals from collective bargaining. This amendment is unrelated to school nurses or to professional teacher status, but would further the governor's goal of reducing unionized positions in the public schools.
Concerned members should contact their Representatives and Senators and ask them to REJECT the Governor's proposed amendment to the bill. Once the amendment is rejected, the bill goes back to the governor. He then can sign the bill into law, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
The Legislature is scheduled to conclude its formal sessions this year on July 31.