NEARLY 1,000 angry teachers can't be good for a School Committee members seeking re-election

NEARLY 1,000 angry teachers can't be good for a School Committee members seeking re-election.
That includes Rodney Elliott, who assumes chair of the group as mayor. But Elliott said he doesn't think the large United Teachers of Lowell picket last week will have an impact.
"They do know that I have the city's best interest at heart," Elliott said, speaking of his colleagues on the City Council who vote for the next mayor.
As mayor, Elliott has taken a hard line against the union, arguing at first for contract negotiations to be in the open. All that did, apparently, was delay talks with a union that absolutely refuses to hold contract debates in public.
Members Steve Gendron and Connie Martin will have to fight to keep their place on the committee, which has 10 new candidates running in November.
"I think people understandably will look at the School Committee as a bit of a monolith and that's because we have to speak collectively, for all of us together," Martin said, noting that bargaining details have to be kept behind closed doors.
Veteran committee members Jim Leary and Dave Conway are giving up their seats and running for City Council.
Perhaps committee members Kim Scott and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich are reading the tea leaves, as neither are seeking re-election.

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