Guam AG Advises DOE That Teacher’s Contract With GFT Has Expired

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Guam – The Guam Attorney General has advised the Guam  Department of Education that in their view, the teachers contract with the Guam Federation of Teacher [GFT] has expired.

Acting School Superintendent Taling Taitano told PNC News that the memorandum is not an opinion, but a “guidance.”

READ the Attorney General’s “guidance” that the teacher’s contract between GFT and DOE has expired HERE

Guam Education Board [GEB] member Barry Mead said GEB asked the Attorney General for the “guidance” after questions were raised following the Board’s decision last November to extend the GFT contract until August. Because the Board’s decision was reached by voice vote,  and there was no agreement in writing, some questioned the validity of  decision to extend the agreement.

On advice of counsel, the GEB drew up a written agreement extending the contract and asked GFT President Matt Rector to sign it before the existing GFT contract expired last November 7th.

Rector declined saying that he felt that the Board’s intention was clear in the November vote, and he objected to some of the provisions in the written agreement extending the contract that he was asked to sign.

According to Mead, the AG’s “guidance” states that because the union failed to sign a written agreement, the contract with GFT has expired. And Mead says, the AG also advised that the Board acted appropriately.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS ISSUED AN OPINION THAT  DOE’S TEACHER’S CONTRACT WITH THE GUAM FEDERATION OF TEACHERS HAS EXPIRED.// THE DECISION FOLLOWS A REQUEST FOR AN OPINION FROM THE GUAM EDUCATION BOARD WHICH LAST NOVEMBER VOTED TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT UNTIL AGUST.// BUT THEY ON ADVICE OF COUNSEL ASKED THE GFT FOR A WRITTEN AGREMENT ON THE EXTENSION.// GFT PRESIDENT MATT RECTOR DECLINED TOP SIGN THE NEW AGREEMENT.//  THE AG’S OPINION STATES THAT THE UNION FAILED TO COME TO WRITTEN AGREEMENT AND THEREFORE THE CONTRACT IS EXPIRED. // AND IT STATES THAT THE BAORD ACTED APPROPRIATELY.// MEANWHILE, ON A SEPERAT ISSUE…THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE JUDICIARY … JOSH TENORIO TOLD PNC NEWS THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS APPROVED THE PROJECT APPLICATION FOR THE S-R-O PROGRAM. //  THE JUDICARY AND DOE ARE NOW FINALIZING A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT THAT WILL GOVERN THE STANDRD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE SRO’S WHILE THEIR ON THE SCHOOL CAMPUSES.// TENORIO SAID THAT THE SROS SHOULD BE PATROLING THE 5 HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS BY NEXT WEEK…BUT THE AGREEMENT WON’T BE DONE BY MONDAY.##