All teachers fired at R.I. school. Will that happen elsewhere?

Feb 28, 2010 | Posted by: Christian Science Monitor | Full story: Christian Science Monitor

A small, high-poverty school district in Rhode Island is now ground zero for some of the most explosive debates over reforming America's worst-performing schools.

To the dismay of many local and national union members, all the teachers, the principal, and other staff of Central Falls High School were fired by the board of trustees this week. The move is part of a dramatic turnaround plan proposed by the superintendent and approved by the state education commissioner.

Because of pressure from the Obama administration - " and the incentive of billions of federal dollars - " more such cases are likely to arise across the United States in the coming year.

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Michael

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Mar 1, 2010
 
In the February 26-28 USA Weekend magazine, General Colin Powell and his wife Alma, shared their plan to help America’s teens graduate. Their story highlights many of the problems facing high schools today.( http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20100226/HO... )

“Today, more than 13 million American children live in poverty” they wrote, and “A shocking 30% of young people drop out of high school”. It’s no surprise that the lowest graduation rates are in our major cities, like Indianapolis - 30.5%, Milwaukee - 41%, and Baltimore - 41.5%. The Powell’s write that “In our 50 largest cities, only half of students graduate on time.”

So what is their plan?“Children need adults in their lives who care about education and provide support every step of the way”. The Powell’s are promoting programs that get parents and the general public more involved with students, by visiting schools, mentoring, volunteering in the community, recognizing students’ effort & getting students involved in issues of concern. Adult involvement in students’ lives!

Not once do they criticize educators. Not once do they criticize teacher unions. The Powell’s address the real problem with education today - changes in our society.

Many of our schools are in crisis, but teacher bashing and mass firings are not the answer. Children need adults in their lives who care about education and provide support every step of the way, and so do our schools. Public education needs the public’s support.
Snowboarder

Anchorage, AK

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Mar 1, 2010
 
Stop blaming the teachers for the low graduation numbers. If a parent cares enough, a student can overcome incredible odds against them. To expect teachers to carry this burden alone is nonsense. This is a low income area. How many are on welfare? Do they expect the schools to handle the parenting while the government (tax payers) are supplying there needs? How many do not speak English? Much pertinent info has been left out. Stop giving these parents a "by" and put the responsibility where it belongs.
Maureen

Natick, MA

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Mar 6, 2010
 
Everyone who has ever attended school has had at least one teacher who was a disaster. However, everyone (I hope) has had at least one teacher who changed his or her life. Firing the entire staff really does not seem to be the answer especially since those same teachers get to teach for the remainder of the year. How is that good for the student? Who is going to want to fill those positions? I doubt if it will be the best and the brightest. Why can't schools operate the way business operates and fire the disasters only.
Obvious

Odessa, FL

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Mar 24, 2010
 
They are trying to break the unions

In the country of Colombia, they murdered over 500 union workers. In Central Falls, the hispanic population resents the union teachers and wants them out?

In June 2009, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe visited Central Falls area and spoke with?

Why was he there?

Several Human Rights violation problems in Colombia?

Former friend of Pablo Escobar?

Major drug dealing ...?

Lifelong politician?

Presidential Award from Bush?

Add it up
Yahoo

Brooklyn, NY

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Mar 24, 2010
 
Evidently there is a large Colombian population in CF along with Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and other Latino groups.

Everyone should know by now that Alvaro Uribe is/was involved with the drug world in his country which also means this country. no?

Became a very wealthy person through his questioanble dealings, no?

Involved with importing chemicals into Colombia aboard Chinese ships, NO?

Involved with fighting and murdering rebels who did not agree with him, no?

Father was a known person with drug affiliations and was murdered, no?

Everyone knows that gang members are the footsoldiers for the cartels and that they deal the drugs on the streets for the Colombians, no?

There are many gangs in RI selling drugs for the Colombians, no?

Did he come to check on his underground employees?

I'm just putting this out there for you but you can do the research and discover these truths, no?

Gotta keep those drogas flowing, no?

Who the h*ll invited him to a school?

Should have been in a prison, NO?

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