May 16th, 2010
05:51 PM ET

Union: Rhode Island school reaches deal to rehire teachers

A Rhode Island high school that fired all its teachers in February has reached a tentative agreement with the school's teachers union to rehire them, the union announced Sunday.

The school board of the Central Falls School District, outside of Providence, had voted to fire its high school's 93 teachers and administrators over low student performance.

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  1. A teacher speaks out

    from jgtennessee

    MR, you are sadly misinformed and have swallowed the "teachers don't get paid enough" hook, line and sinker. I have been on two school boards in two different States, not in the State in question. Unfortunately, the medical health benefits and retirement benefits for most teachers, via their union, are unbelievably good–FAR greater than the average John Doe or Mr. or Dr. John Doe working in America.

    MR jgtennessee –

    Not all states have unions.

    My medical is paid at about 50% with deductions from my check covering the rest.

    I have a BS degree – with enough hours post degree spent in workshops and training to amount to a Masters.

    I run a 12 – 14 hour day on the average during the school year. Many times extra duties involve saturdays spent in travel. Between other duties and such – I average at least 55 hours a week from early August till end of May.

    I will spend at least 1 week each summer for inservice training. Most of this training costs are covered by myself.

    I will also spend a week in my classroom – redoing bulletin boards – cleaning out cabinets – planning new projects.

    So – I spend 46 weeks a year – with approximately 6-7 weeks of "vacation"

    I spend about $500 a year out of pocket for materials to use in my classroom.

    With 21 years experience – my salary is less than 50K a year. I am nearer the top of the pay for teachers in my state than I am the bottom. Less than $20 an hour.

    So do not judge all of the nation based on states where teachers unions have a say – there is no teachers union in many states including some of the larger states like Texas.

    JG – check the national trend – shortage of math, science and technology teachers
    reason – most industries pay these people more for having a simple BS degree than 90% of all schools

    People who think teachers are overpaid – never followed a teacher for a single work day.

    and finally- JG – if you can read this....thank a teacher....who took the time to teach you.

    May 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jgtennessee

      A Teacher Speaks Out, in thinking about your reply, while I am sure it may be true that not all States have unions, the vast majority, I venture to say, well over 70% do. So, if your not in one, my hat is off to you. I stand by my comments regarding benefits. They are quite true, and for those in unions, that is what is breaking school districts financially (not wages, but the cost of ultra good benefits).

      As far as your snide remark about me "thanking my teacher for being able to read your post" I think not. I thank the fact my parents raised me to appreciate and education and for working with me FAR MORE than my teachers did. I am educated because of my applying myself (not due to my teachers). The teachers were a resource, to be sure, but without a sound appreciation for education, no matter how good the teacher may be, that will not educate a student. That is up to the student. The teacher just leads the horse to water, and for pointing me to the "water" I do thank them for that, and that is all.

      May 17, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike (NZ)

    A lot more to this story than reported. In NZ it would be more likely that the Board would take the heat. Wonder whether all teachers were individually performance managed and whether the Union was consulted from the outset

    May 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blair Peterson

    Do the teachers want their jobs back?

    May 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Aww man this just means those 93 teachers didn't get their high school diplomas and firing them would only make them more retarded. The school board is wasting tax dollars. BOYCOTT RHODE ISLAND!!

    May 17, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave Althaus

    I wonder what the school board did about the under-performing parents that allowed their children to fail. A child's education is primarily the responsibility of the parent. If the child is not learning, it is the parent's responsibility to excuses, no blaming the schools. I know. I have raised and educated 5 children.

    We need to hold parents accountable!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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