Governor vetoes school closure/consolidation study bill
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Wednesday vetoed House Bill 17, which sought to amend the Educational Reform of Puerto Rico to establish that the study on the closure, consolidation or reorganization of a school be available within one year, among other provisions.
In a letter sent to Speaker of the House of Representatives Rafael Hernández Montañez and Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago, the governor said “this bill contains provisions that may seem necessary for an effective administrative process to manage the resources of the Department of Education (DE). However, in a weighted analysis of the measure, the opposite results.”
“In addition, this measure, according to the analysis carried out, has vices of unconstitutionality,” he said.
Among other things, Pierluisi pointed out that the legislation presents an issue of unconstitutionality “that is insurmountable.” He referred to the amendment that proposes to grant additional duties to school psychologists (Article 2.13), which was not included in the bill’s title, since its intention is not described and only nominal mention of it is made.
“This has the effect that the proposed amendment is null,” according to section 17 of Article III of the Puerto Rico Constitution, the governor said.