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RI School District Rehires Fired Teachers

From a rejoicing Associated Press:

RI school district agrees to rehire fired teachers

By ERIC TUCKER (AP)

May 16, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A school district that gained the support of President Barack Obama for promoting accountability after it fired all its teachers from a struggling school announced on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the union to return the current staffers to their jobs.

The two sides said a transformation plan for Central Falls High School for the coming school year would allow the roughly 87 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and other staffers who were to lose their jobs at the end of this year to return without having to reapply. More than 700 people had already applied for the positions.

The agreement calls for a longer school day, more after-school tutoring and other changes.

Since the original dispute was over a roughly 25 minutes increase in their work day, we have our doubts as to how much longer this school day will be. We are also skeptical about any other real changes.

"What this means is that they have come to an agreement about a reform effort and that will change the quality" of the education program at Central Falls, said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who applauded both sides for working together…

Details of the agreement were to be released following a ratification vote by Central Falls teachers at a meeting Monday. The union and district had been working with a mediator since March

Under the deal, teachers will need to recommit to their jobs and interview with the new principal. Other changes aimed at increasing student achievement include: a new evaluation system designed to inform teaching and learning, and targeted and embedded professional development.

Oh, joy. Having teachers “recommit to their jobs” will definitely turn that high school around.

Still, what good is a “new evaluation system” if you can’t fire anybody?

Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo said she was pleased to be welcoming the staff back. She said that among the changes would be the reassignment of the high school principal and assistant principal to the middle school.

Central Falls Teachers Union President Jane Sessums said there had always been agreement that the sides wanted what was best for the students and that significant changes were needed.

"Working together, we and the district have arrived at a solid, forward-looking agreement that provides supports for our students and the tools our teachers need to help them succeed," Sessums said…

Sorry. We can’t help but feel they should have given those other 700 applicants a shot.

With just when 7 percent of their 11th-graders passing state math tests, how could they do worse?

(Thanks to Mr_Bill for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “RI School District Rehires Fired Teachers”

  1. mr_bill says:

    RI school district agrees to rehire fired teachers
    By ERIC TUCKER (AP)

    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A school district that gained the support of President Barack Obama for promoting accountability after it fired all its teachers from a struggling school announced on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the union to return the current staffers to their jobs.

    The two sides said a transformation plan for Central Falls High School for the coming school year would allow the roughly 87 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians and other staffers who were to lose their jobs at the end of this year to return without having to reapply. More than 700 people had already applied for the positions.

    The agreement calls for a longer school day, more after-school tutoring and other changes.

    “What this means is that they have come to an agreement about a reform effort and that will change the quality” of the education program at Central Falls, said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who applauded both sides for working together.

    The board of trustees overseeing the school system in Central Falls, one of the poorest communities in the state, voted in February to fire the staff of one of the state’s worst-performing schools. The school was under a mandate from the state to make improvements, and it opted for the mass firings after a breakdown in talks with teachers about other reforms that would have required more work, some without extra pay.

    Obama, during a national address on education in March, said the firings were an example of the need for accountability over student performance.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jQe6oVWR8RCYpv36bVIUomkB09NgD9FO97K80

    Unions agreed to longer school days and tutoring sessions (a deal-breaker during “negotiations”). See what happens when one is willing to play hardball with unions? I wonder if nerobama will feel the need to grace us with his opinion of the outcome?

  2. 2old2givea says:

    I know there are a lot of conservative teachers out there, members of the NEA. It’s going to take these teachers banding together to root out and take over – or better yet, kill the NEA. I don’t see any other way to get rid of this despicable organization. Look how Landmark Legal has been fighting them for, what, 20 years or so? It’s going to have to be fought from within. I don’t see any other way.

    Look what they’re doing to our children, the damage inflicted on generations. These conservative teachers who claim to care for the children and say the NEA doesn’t represent their views are going to have to start taking action. Otherwise, don’t tell me how the NEA doesn’t represent you.

    Yeah, I’ve had enough.

    Will they loose tenure? Yes. Welcome to the real world. Will they loose benefits? Probably. But in doing so, they might teach the kids the most important lesson of their lives: Freedom doesn’t come cheap.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    I knew this would end in FAILURE!

    Their original solution was a failure, and the never-ending political shell game doesn’t work either.

    1. Affirmative Action makes lazy minorities, b/c they given low hurdles to success. They will not care about school, because outcomes are pre-determined for them.

    2. Parents DON’T care about education–period.

    3. Sports dominate the public schools, not intellectualism.

    4. Kids are brats.

    5. Administrators are just marking time until retirement, and have no classroom skills.

    6. Education majors are the DUMBEST students on campus.

    GIGO. Garbage In, Garbage Out

    • Right of the People says:

      “6. Education majors are the DUMBEST students on campus.”

      Them and Journalism majors. I think that Journalism majors are those that flunked out of the Education courses.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Administrative Maxim #1: “For every bad teacher there’s a good lawyer.”

    Yeah, but I won MY case! Took three uncomfortable days, in which I
    was called everything but a w***e man, but we won. Sorry bunch!
    They knew they were in trouble when all the other teachers sat with
    me in Federal court.

    Democratica Delinda Est!

  5. proreason says:

    everything is relative anyway.

    Just because those dear children aren’t learning reading writing and arithmetic doesn’t mean they aren’t learning.

    The are learning about the virtues of Dear Leader, and the wonders of living in a society where everything is free.

    Thats “everything” with a small “e”.

  6. heykev says:

    “More than 700 people had already applied for the positions.”

    I do not see anywhere in the article why the School District administration would back down. They were already given cover by BHO stating firing them was OK. So why, would they back down and rehire these teachers? They have already proved they are incompetent so why not at least try new teachers? There is, after all, over 700 to choose from

  7. NoNeoCommies says:

    No one learned for Ronald Reagan’s success with the air traffic controllers.
    Fire them, replace them, let them struggle for the few openings that subsequently come up or move somewhere else if they really want to teach.
    Do the same thing to elected officials and bureaucrats.


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