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School Crisis: Gist Defends Decision to Lay Off Central Falls T...

There are 9 comments on the WLNE-TV Providence story from Feb 24, 2010, titled School Crisis: Gist Defends Decision to Lay Off Central Falls T.... In it, WLNE-TV Providence reports that:

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist stood by a decision to cut loose the entire teaching staff at Central Falls High School in an effort to salvage the underperforming school.

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Ohio Wrangler


#1 Feb 24, 2010
I think more of our schools should fire all of the teachers when they strike for money the district doesn't have. In time we could break the unions and then have the ability to fire the teachers who aren't doing a good job of teaching. When my grandmother taught school, the teachers put a lot of effort into working with the children. When I was in grade school, my teachers were always willing to make time to help if we needed it. I am just sick and tired of hearing teachers complain about how much education they have and they deserve the big bucks. I think they only need to be paid for the education required to teach the subject and grade. If they want a master's degree, that is their choice. It doesn't mean more money in many cases. There are young teachers and laid off teachers that would be happy to have the job and pay.

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#2 Feb 25, 2010
I applaud this school district! These teachers were not fired because the students were underperforming, they were fired because they (through their bully unions) refused to do what was asked of them to improve the school. They refused to go to a whopping 7 hour work day, and attend approximately two weeks of seminars in the summer (compensated). If these teachers want to be viewed as professionals, then they should act like it. They are salaried employees...sorry folks, no overtime. You do what is needed to get the job done. Poor you, working a whole 7 hours! God forbid! I want to know what other salaried professionals have a contract that prevents a worker from working more than 6 hours a day! In this economic environment especially, they should do what it takes to improve their product...students. Hey teachers, don't let the door hit you in the azz on the way out. I wish the school district in my area had the cajones that this one does. Way to go!

Morris, CT

#3 Mar 8, 2010
I live in Connecticut and I see the very same problem in our future. Costs for staff are getting so large that it is going to force people in to moving and draining money from all other town services!
Teachers are no worst or better than any other occupation.

Waynesboro, VA

#4 Mar 18, 2010
The school is full of illegal invaders that do not speak English or try to learn English from what I have read. Maybe that is the reason the school does not do very well. Get rid of the illegal invaders and scores will probably go up.

United States

#5 Mar 23, 2010

You are all standing in a circle and shooting at each other while the real problems will go on and worsen because you can't see the forest.....

The real people causing the problems are laughing at all of you just as they do when they are painting graffitti on your buildings or shooting up the area, burglarizing your homes and stealing from your shops. They want you to blame one another as it deflects blame from them.

They are here to destroy and they are very successful at it as you well know. Their standards and goals are not yours. Their ideas of work are not yours. They are working...for the gang...for their nation...for their drug profits...for their welfare benefits...for their 1,2,3,4 children they bear for monthly checks and health care
You are all delusional.

These are not your grandmother's problems. She didn't have to be expected to teach the following and their offspring:

Young Bloods
Hanover Boyz
Almighty Latin Kinghey
Laos Pride
Tiny Raskals
Original Crips
Oriental Rascals
and many more gangs

Did her students come to school with guns, knives and other weapons?

Were her students selling meth, heroin, pot, crack, etc.?

Want the students to learn?

Get rid of the gangs, at least 15 violent sophisticated organizations

Get rid of the guns

Get rid of the drugs, dealers, users, handouts for the pregnant welfare takers

Get rid of the students who only go to school to fight

Get rid of those with high absent rates and parents who are also gang members.

Research the roots of the problems in your community.

Then plan and write a lesson plan for teaching them.

Go to them in the streets and teach them to stop the criminal and destructive behaviors.

Tell them, teach them, make them write it, recite it, give them homework and projects, speeches and research papers.

Make them learn how to be good citizens at home, in the community, in church, in school....teach them to stop shooting and stabbing, tagging, sniffing, dealing, beating.....

Please let me know how that works out for you.

United States

#6 Mar 23, 2010
Fred wrote:
The school is full of illegal invaders that do not speak English or try to learn English from what I have read. Maybe that is the reason the school does not do very well. Get rid of the illegal invaders and scores will probably go up.
That is exactly one of the problems.



Bronx, NY

#7 Apr 10, 2010
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist deserves the public support.

Hollywood, FL

#8 Apr 10, 2010
Public Education today is bein innundated by the world's poorest, most violent students ever.

I do not know the Commissioner nor if she deserves support but I know that educators today are bein stretched to the limit as are the administrators.

The world is sending us their least educated, least stable,most dangerous, most vulnerable populations because

1 They don't want them
2 They do not want to educate them
3 They do not build hospitals and schools, communities or chruches
4 They have come here to establish their own communities here to deal drugs and take over by establishing communities here. They are making millions (Colombians, Mexicans, etc) selling their drugs in the US.

Then after the US gov't allowed this to happen, the Ed Sec demands to know why schools are not as good as they could be if it was a US population.

Hollywood, FL

#9 Apr 10, 2010
And exactly who invited the Colombian President to speak at that school last year?

What is going on there?

Looks like the president did not take care of his population in Colombia except to kill many and allow violence and cocaine proliferation, suppress union workers, establish non free, violent murderers to deny human rihts in Colombia. Then he has the audacity to visit the US and speak at a school.

He should be telling his people to stop growing coca or stop producing cocaine that supports the drug habits of millions while corrupting politicians and harming many.

He should tell his people to stop killing one another and stop importing the precursor chemicals that produce cocaine and forever ruin the environment.

I doubt this was his message.

Was he here to encourage students or to further his world position and to purchase more chemicals for cocaine?

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