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. Curt

    Ok so all the teachers were fired over low student performance. If they are rehired now, what is going to change?

    May 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. robert

    well that was dumb. why fire the teachers if they are going to be rehired anyway ?. stick by your word if you are going to do something. the children in the end will be harmed by this action

    May 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brad

    No kidding. This is the problem with unions. GM another example of unions ruining performance

    May 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MAA

    Curt: I totally agree with you. My be they rehired with less salary!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seth

    Duh...moron administration and legislature. You couldn't think a few steps ahead before your rash decision and place blame on the wrong people after they are gone. What exactly were all of these kids were going to do? Who is going to take them/teach them? Oppps...we didn't think that...we thought they would magically all just educate themselves and the problem would be solved by unfairly firing the teachers. Everyone always blames the teachers and the school system. But you never hear anybody say that the family/home is the problem and where it all starts.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeanine miller

    why is it that teachers are always to blame? I know some who have students skip school so how can the teacher improve students' performance if they refuse to come to school? the kids do share in the responsibility!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony

    Whats going to change is falsely placing the blame on teachers and starting to perhaps look at the real cause.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wing ding

    well said – guess it must have been the threat of being terminated that made them all a lot smarter.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christopher az

    Firing teachers to make students better? Try showing them u care is better. Results thru experience not fear. Loss. Good luck 2 every1.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SciMajor

    ". If they are rehired now, what is going to change?"

    Hopefully the changes will be that teachers get:

    1. Funding for supplies (e.g. textbooks and computers)
    2. Fair pay.
    3. Administration support.
    4. Parental support
    5. Students who care about their education

    Teachers can't do it all. They need help to achieve student success.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    Response to Curt: They'll get paid more to do the same job

    May 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave steenburgh

    In this day and age there is lots of injustice we know but the fact remains for a government/school board or municipality wants to do what is right they will be in office for one term only ..this is a case in point....the board wanted to get good teachers in place..however the system will not allow it to happen.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Billburn

    Obama dust was sprinkled over the teachers. Miracles will happen, teachers will be able to float in air and student I.Q.'s will shoot to the stars. Only the unions can pull this off.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew Harvey

    OK, that's great, but what sort of concessions did the union have to make in order to get the jobs back? There's a gaping hole in this news article.....

    May 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Teacher

    Teachers are not the only thing that has to change in order for students to do well on state assessments. There are far more factors at hand besides instructional practices. It was absurd to fire the entire faculty and administration.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
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