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. brown

    Bad move! These teachers will bring with them a masked animosity back
    into the classroom. Once you've carefully reached the decision to 'Fire'
    you stick with it!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    If you love your kids, send them to private schools ...

    May 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jo an

    I'll bet they have been rehired at lower pay and minus all benefits and yes lots longer hours. Now they are really slaves.

    A little like a guy divorcing his wife and then her groveling to be taken back...without benefits.

    A very sick system...

    May 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    The question Curt is if they fire them all and replace the entire staff, what will change then. If we give them 3 years will scores go up at a higher rate then they currently are? The problem Curt is that teachers themselves are just a small part of the problem if they are a part of it at all. You fill it up with new teachers you will probably find that very little changes in terms of test scores and achievement. I admit we have some bad teachers out there but more than that we have a bad system and this constant focus on teachers simply obscures the real problems battering our education system.
    1. Little fear of failure-Most students are not afraid of failure as schools promote due to age, parent pressure, social concerns, self esteem, and a past demotion in a lower grade. This leads to a. Homework not being completed. b. tests not being studied for. c. assigned reading not being read. Which leads teachers to give a. multiple choice tests with fewer options given for answers. b. retesting using the same test materials, c. alternative assignments completed in a 3-5 day window to make up for all work that has not been completed during grading period. Plus a number of other practices designed to allow students to pass even though their skill levels are very low. A good teacher like I had 30 years ago if they stood their ground today would be fired for being a bad teacher due to the number of failing grades they would give out. A student has no motivation to excellence because the burden of passing and making good grades has been transferred to the teacher not the student. Yes some parents do hold their children to high standards and some students soak up knowledge like sponges regardless of what is going on in our classrooms. Some kids just love to learn and try like hell to do so. These are what keeps us afloat.
    2, oh i was going to cover discipline and other topics but there is little point of doing so, yelp if you want me to put some effort into it.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bobby

    The most important factor in Education is how important is education to the community? Do the parents and students value education? Half the battle there. Next comes quality teachers, good facilities and modern books, computers etc. Are the schools safe? Other factors such as absentee rates, community poverty, stressed out families, alcoholism/;addiction are important factors. Other things to look at, is the education relevant and taught in a inspirational way ( rote learning is boring) Can a teacher make his subject come alive and help students understand and grow. Lecturing is DULL!!!Does Administration encourage "thinking outside of the box" allow creativity, provide positive leadership, or are they just a bunch of bureaucrats who care more about their careers than the students We must educate these communities about the importance of a good education!!!!!!!!! Good support staff, counselors, Social Workers, Psychologist are another important factor.. Depressed, anxious, drugged out kids don't learn as well. Good afterschool programs help too.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    Unfortunately, too many teachers are interested in a cushy job where they work nine months per year, get paid for 12, can't be fired for poor performance and have some of the best benefits and pensions in the nation. The result: students who waste 12 years of their lives being poorly educated and unable to compete in today's world economy. Blame the unions and politicians. The unions for fostering incompetent teachers and the politicians for perpetrating the ongoing myth that spending more on education will result in better quality graduates.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aggie7214

    It's not all the teacher's fault. They can only do so much in the 7 or 8 hrs a day the kids are in school. If there is no support at home, it's all a waste. From what I understand from previous news stories, this school is in a crappy area where the majority of residents speak little if any english and where an education is of little or no value. So what are the teachers supposed to do? The kids don't want to be there, their parents/guardians do care what the kids do as long as they aren't at home bothering them or costing them money.

    And the principal? What a joke! As with a captain of a ship at sea, she is responsible for everything that goes on at her school. She should have been the first one fired! What a freakin' joke of an administrator. Typical of a democrat – she's a huge fan of Barry and is clearly in line with his policies of blame someone else for your problems!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C

    Blaming teachers for what's going on in the US education system is exactly like blaming doctors for the type 2 diabetes explosion due to 70% of the US population being overweight.
    The US education problem, like the US health problem, is societal.
    Families torn apart, poor nutrition, hours in front of the TV, and poor parenting all contribute to our kids' health and success in school. This problem can be fixed, but the focus needs to be what happens at home first, where all good–and bad habits begin and continue.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. William Underwood

    It is good we have unions to protect workers from politicans who most certainly don't understand education.....nice going union...we need more action like this to make politicans grow up.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carl

    Hey Kid, I giving you an "F" on your test because you didn't try. Never mind, the Teachers' Union and I negotiated and you will now get an "A".

    May 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Listen, they said the teachers weren't committed to put in all the extra hours to help the kids improve. IT TAKES MORE THAN TIME IN A CLASSROOM TO HELP THEM. They are not getting low test scores because their parents are reading and writing with them every night, they get low test scores because of poor parenting. These kids need to be taught how to care for their family and to stay together as a family unit. In 15-20 years, you will start to see progress.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. keith

    So they rehired the teachers and administrators, huh!?! Goes to show you that student performance was never the issue but rather union busting and destabilizing the staff and setting up an environment for givebacks.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jake

    You had it right the first time. Grow a set.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. William Underwood

    You certainly can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear...at least we can make these poor fractured student's from sad family backgrounds into semi productive citizens.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anubis

    I am sick and tired of people saying its the family/home when student perform poorly. When are we going to hold the teachers and students accountable. If family/home is responsible then we should just have home schooling..this doesnt make sense. Ultimately the teachers and students are responsible and rightfully so should be held accountable.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
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