November 28, 2020

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Pedro Pierluisi proposes to increase the school hours


“Because I am convinced that throwing our children out at three in the afternoon is not reasonable in Puerto Rico today,” said the governor-elect

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San Juan – The governor-elect, Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia said on Monday that as soon as circumstances allow, he will push for the approval of a bill that will increase school hours until 6:00 in the afternoon.

“It is my intention to extend the school hours for an additional three hours. This will be done gradually throughout Puerto Rico. Because I am convinced that throwing our children out at three in the afternoon is not reasonable in Puerto Rico today, “Pierluisi Urrutia said at a press conference.

“In those three additional hours, our children can receive tutoring, supervised homework, they can play sports, if the schools have facilities for that. Retired teachers can partially work and teachers can receive a differential. I want to make it happen and to the extent that it has a fiscal impact, I will need the support of the Board (of Fiscal Control) ”he added.

Regarding the Fiscal Control Board, he reiterated that his interest is to participate directly in the meetings with the federal entity created under the PROMESA Law.

The governor-elect also reiterated his intention to declare a state of emergency for violence against women, but first he wants to see the result of the declaration of priority service made by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced.

I also detail other priorities that will be addressed during the first 100 days of Government.

“It is my intention to declare as a critical project, any project related to a reconstruction project under FEMA and under the CDBG-DR program. And I do it, with the intention that the permit does not obstruct, “he said.

Pierluisi mentioned that there will be measures that he will promote through Executive Orders. At the moment it does not have a majority of the New Progressive Party (PNP) in the Legislative Assembly.



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