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February 22nd, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Central Falls superintendent acts to fire city’s high school teachers

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Linda Borg and Paul Davis
The Providence Journal

School Supt. Frances Gallo plans to fire all the teachers in the city’s only high school as part of a major overhaul ordered by the state education commissioner.

“We need to be able to move this school,” Gallo said Tuesday afternoon. “We are persistently in the low-performing category and therefore we have options we must look to.”

State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist last month ordered Central Falls High School and five schools in Providence — each plagued by abysmally low achievement scores and low graduation rates for several years — to follow one of four specific models for reform.

Gallo said that the 74 teachers can re-apply, but their job descriptions would be different. Under the termination-of-teachers reform model, no more than 50 percent can be re-hired.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Perhaps what is needed is not webcams that spy on students, but webcams that monitor the staff. I'm just saying.

    Yet, will not the teachers union and others join in to stop these failed education staff from being dismissed for failure to perform within the requirements of the job. The education is only as good as the educator.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |