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. Carole

    Let's not blame the teachers for everything. I really am upset by the way I see CNN going after teachers as if they are getting on to a problem that should have been solved years ago.
    Yes, there are good and bad teachers, just like there are good and bad people in every profession. But most of the teachers are good and they have children's welfare at heart.
    When we are asked to have all students walk in lock step through life, we are making a mistake. We have cut out vocational education because the powers that be feel all education must be academic. Everyone is not academic and no matter how hard you try they will never be academic. They need a vocational program. And when forced into a mold in which they do not fit they will always skew the numbers downward. And we are failing them dismally.
    Everyone does not test well. They have much information but need projects and papers to show what they have learned. Uniform testing provides no avenue for them to show their knowledge and their low scores once again skew the numbers downward.
    Finally, let's not forget the part the poverty plays in this scenario...
    Please, CNN, stop scapegoating teachers. I was one for more than 30 years. I am proud of what I have done and the students I have helped. All of my colleagues feel the same.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    The facts are different from what is stated in this story. The teachers were not fired due to poor student performance; they were fired because the union would not agree to the measures the superintendent wanted to take to boost student performance. Big difference.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rlane

    For all of you who are so eager to blame teachers and their union, I challenge you to spend a week in a classroom full of unmotivated, undisciplined, disrespectful teenagers. None of you have a clue of what it is like to teach, so shut the up!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jmack

    rlane – You leftist morons just cannot resist telling everyone else what to do.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • alanjay1

      jmack: Put up or shut up. Instead of namecalling, do what that "leftist" says and visit a classroom. You might be surprised

      May 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Abigail

    Those of you with negative comments about teachers and/or unions make me wonder just how well YOU applied yourself in school. Children need to be motivated, positively, and most teachers go above and beyond to accomplish this in their classroom, but there are numerous other issues in play in this situation. Are the non-speaking children held to the same standards and testing that English speaking students are? What types of support teachers are available? How much parental involvement is there? Probably not very much.

    As for the many comments about teachers working 9 months and getting paid for 12, yada, yada, yada, that is the biggest misconception there ever could be. Teachers spend untold hours preparing, grading and yes, paying for many of their own supplies which poor administrating makes necessary in entirely too many cases. Teachers are required, at their own expense, to continue their education. As both the wife of a teacher and a mother of another, don't tell me how little they work. I KNOW the long hours they've put in to guarantee their students get the best education they can provide to them.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Azimuth

    Let's be honest - a lot of people are basically ineducable. Of course, self-described "conservatives" will blame everything on the teachers just to avoid facing this fact.

    Remember, being a conservative means acknowledging reality, no matter how many nasty names the other side calls you.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    It's so obvious the people criticizing teachers don't have an iota of understanding about how the education system works. You try doing your job blindfolded with both hands tied behind your back and see how well you do.

    The real irony here is the spelling and grammar of those criticizing the teachers. You probably shouldn't criticize educators and act high and mighty when you aren't capable of forming proper sentences or spelling simple words. That's not a teacher's fault. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RJG

    "Shut up" is inappropriate at this, or any, forum. YOU are not helping the cause of any teacher in this country....only hurting.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sonia

    The school district is lucky if they ask me; otherwise they would have been stuck with all inexperienced fresh grads in every classroom and complaining parents. What a waste of money on this stunt. Now they want them back!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArizonaYankee

    What was the point. The teachers aren't any better, but the killer UNION did this. Teachers unions across the nation are destroying our schools. Ridicules salaries, driving local taxes sky high and they don't care, teaching students socialism, or if you like, Social Engineering. They are teachers at best and not the gods that decide all of our futures....Give these people to NJ Governor Chris Christi, or AZ Governor Jan Brewer and they would remain in the bread line. Just like Reagen with the Air Controllers. Then they all might start to learn something.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Melissa

    Dave is correct – the teachers were fired because the superintendent's back was up against the wall with four options to fix this school. Despite an offer to pay teachers $30 an hour for extra time spent at school, the union refused to budge from a NINETY DOLLAR PER HOUR figure.

    The union thought the board was bluffing with a threat to fire all teachers and was shocked when it was not a bluff.

    The fact that they're all being rehired is disappointing. Under the firing agreement, 50% could have been rehired anyway – weed out the bad teachers and cull the rest.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt

    Riiiight.... I'm sure it is only the teachers' fault that the students' performances were so low. It had nothing to do with low parent involvement or the parents and community not impressing the importance of education upon the students. Successful education does NOT occur in a vacuum.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob Bob

    sure, continue rewarding poor performance. continue the welfare state. Review the tenants of the of thE NEA and other unions. They protect the incompetants or those who choose to be. Major universities extall socialist/marxis theories but cannot give one example of their success. If I was one of those teachers, I would be embarraSSED. gIVE THEM A SIGNTO CARRY AROUND THEIR NECK "LOSER"

    May 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Banderman

    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy

    May 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    So typical to blame everything on the teachers and the teachers union when parents and administrative officials do nothing but place more unjustified demands and unrealistically expectations on teachers while taking away the tools to allow them to do their job. Parents don't discipline their children and don't help to reinforce the value of an education at home so that when the children go to school they have no idea how to behave and have no respect for their teachers. Shame on you all for placing all the blame on the teachers... The problem starts at home and no one is willing to step up and try to address the root of the problem.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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