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. JFW

    Did they fire the parents for producing such low scoring children?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jshil

    This was never about teacher performance. This was just a guerrilla negotiating technique by the district. If the teachers performance was the issue, they would not be hiring them back at any salary, lower or not.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. heartalm

    If a parent does not make sure their student is doing their homework, then the student is not getting the practice they need. So no matter how good the teacher is, the student is going to fail the assessments because they lack experience. It's just like sports. You're not going to hit a home run if you're never at batting practice.

    Plus, in this situation, are you really going to find 93 new teachers to replace the old ones? I mean this ONE district! If every district in this area had the same problem, you would run out teachers.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rpm

    Teach For America shows that highly engaged teachers can make the difference in most schools. These same teachers are going to have the same results.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    You want to encourage kids to go to school and motivate them to excel in the class room, then start putting technology into the classroom. The school system hasnt been revamped in almost a century, we still use old ideas to teach our youth. The student who doesnt want to read out of a book, will not even hesitate if it is on a Ereading machine. Why? Because one of those options isnt exciting to them. They use all this technology in there every day life, just like adults do, but we dont teach it to them? Is it any wonder that students are happier texting each other than listening to a boring lecture. Intergrate technology into the classroom thru Digital Paper, internet access for study groups, and a revamped educational system. Stop having politians make policies about education, when they have never taught in a class room, so stupid programs like No Child Left Behind dont become law.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. teachandmomoffive

    Sorry but I felt this whole thing was pathetically ridiculous anyways. If you are going to fire teachers because these kids can't read,then you should be firing ALL the teachers from kindergarten on up...Oh, and while you're at it, arrest the parents, too, for negligence. It takes a village to raise a child, and it seems to me there is an entire community there to blame. Quit throwing around the blame, get off your butts and tend to your children!!!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrice

    On a good day trying to teach teens is like trying to nail jello to a tree. It is hard, hard work unless parents foster the value of education in their homes. Raising and educating kids really does take "a village." And, that village has to be safe with strong values or the kids will not benefit from school. Teachers only have children for a few hours a day; the rest is up to the village they live in. I say these villages are not doing their job. Quit blaming the teachers because I know many teachers who care more for their students than the parents do.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CrazyMe

    The situation looks like the Bourgeois and Proletarians are still at each others throats with the philosophy that a person's value is determined on the level of production that person produces. The Proletarian teachers who were fired must not have produced to the satisfaction of the wages they were coveting.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RJG

    Carl and the others,

    I have been married to a now retired (at age 55) teacher .... her large pension, based on the last 3 years of service, also accrues to me in addition to her. That is a total waste of taxpayer dollars.

    I am (and have been for decades), a multi millionaire. My wife, in her own right, is the same. She worked because she loved her profession. She retired because she could not take the UNION anymore. The #1 goal was to increase one's final pension after decades of working 8:30 – 2:30 and feeling abused. The truth is that one works at every potential opportunity to increase those last few years to increase the final pension. The Good Lord help any new teachers who could contribute....not allowed, those extra dollars are peer pressured to the soon to be retired at 55.

    So, lets not raise the UNION flag here.....when it comes to the teachers union, it is broken and a classic example of the unsupportable infrastructure this contry can no longer afford.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Julie

    Amen, Seth! And, I wouldn't work without my union. No way, no how am I going to be unprotected, especially in a field where so much of the public (and parents) have NO idea nor understanding of the education field in its general format, let alone in a single school.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Unions don't care about performance or a child's education. The only thing of importance to a union is bilking money for employees.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    When it comes to schooling, it's the administration's job to construct an environment suitable for learning. I see a lot of people here coming to the defense of teachers; the argument is valid. Not every teacher can be terrible at instruction. However, I highly doubt that every student in a school is unmotivated or every parent in this district is irresponsible. Hence, it comes back to the administration to get active in the community to define parent-student goals and to set a curriculum course that actually promotes learning. Those are the duties of a manager and public servant.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred

    Re-hire all these teachers? Why? Were they not replaced four months ago?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gerri

    I am a teacher. Much of the blame should be on the parents. They are the first and most important teacher. Many problems in our schools is that parents expect the teachers to do everything and be miracle workers. They also need to be held accountable.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pablo

    Larry, teachers are contracted for 9 5 months but paid over a twelve month period. Their summer is 10 weeks long. Most teachers spend several weeks over the summer while they are not contracted to do so, preparing for the next year. As far as it being a cushy job, well that remark shows how clueless you are.
    Tom, students that go to private school tend to do better because they and their parents are involved with their education and value it. If you compare them to students in public school whose parents are involved and the students care about their education you would notice no difference in performance.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
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