Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rhode Island high school fires all its teachers!

The school district for Central Falls High School in Rhode Island has fired every single teacher, after dismal student performance and negotiations over whether teachers would be compensated for extra workloads broke down. It’s unclear from detailed stories if some of them can reapply for their jobs. The teachers were called into a meeting and fired one-by-one, by name.

But many sources say that the school is one of the most impoverished in the state. Only about half graduate, and only 7 percent at the 11th grade were proficient in mathematics.

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The story seems to illustrate the enormous gap in learning and achievement in some cities based on the economic level of parents. When you watch a show like “It’s Academic” you see students brought up in homes and environments where learning as valued.

The incident seems to make DC school Chancellor Michelle Rhee seem reasonable by comparison.

The New York Times has a front page story Wed. Feb. 24 by Jennifer Medina, "Progress slow in New York goal to rid schools of bad teachers", link here. John Stossel one time showed a holding pen for bad NYC teachers who were paid but had nothing to do.

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