February 23rd, 2010
09:51 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Toyota Troubles & Teachers' Fate Decided

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, a Lexus driver's near death experience. That's what she calls the six miles of terror, at up to  100-miles per-hour, when she couldn't control her car.

Rhonda Smith's testimony came at the first of three Congressional hearings on Toyota's recall problems.

Will the repairs underway at dealers across America fix the problem? Drew Griffin is keeping them honest.

We also have an update on the fate of the entire teaching staff at a Rhode Island high school. Tonight the Board of Trustees for Central Falls School District voted on whether to fire all 88 teachers. We'll have the decision on the program.

As we reported last night, the superintendent wants to fire the teachers for poor performance. Less than half the students graduate and only seven percent are proficient in math. Almost all the students live in poverty.

School leaders came up with a proposal to have the teachers spend more time with students to improve test scores. They wanted more money.

Tonight you'll hear from the superintendent and a teacher.

Join us for these stories and much more tonight on 360°.

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  1. Laurie

    Well this is great! I hope more schools follow suit!

    February 24, 2010 at 1:46 am |
  2. MD Garr

    To suggest that teachers should be paid at a poverty rate is irresponsible. Teachers play a critical role in society and that critical role is worthy of a decent wage. The more challenged the neighborhood the more difficult the role of the educator. I wonder if people would feel the same if we compared the salary of a medical doctor to the area median income? Teachers shape lives and doctors save lives. Both should be paid accordingly. Improvement student performance in challenged neighborhoods requires a major commitment of time and talent. This is not free.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  3. Leroy J. Martinez

    I am a retired teacher and I can tell you the issue isn't students, not teachers, not teaching but politics. It's about power. How can you possibly reduce any problem to something as simple firing all teachers. In any system that's failing you have comprehensive variables which contribute to the problem. You can start with students living in disadvantage economically strained neighborhoods, with poor administrative support, with antiquated systems of accountability such as our current, No Child Left Behind legislation which is incredibly flawed. OK, so you get rid of 80 plus teachers, where do you get replacements? What happens to those teachers who were doing their job? I would start by firing the superintendent for such a dumb strategy to improve a school.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  4. Renee

    It is about time someone did something drastic. Our current education system is not working. Both administrators and teachers are ultimately responsible. My daughter has been a first grade teacher in Oregon for 4 years. She makes approximately $30k a year and is at school from 7am till 4pm every day. She also goes to school most Sundays. She loves teaching and was realistic when deciding to become a teacher that it would not be for the "money". These teachers had nothing to complain about. They should have been happy to give extra to the kids, ultimately the community that pays their salary thru taxation – and the teachers union needs to be shown the door. Teachers and administrators should get paid for performance or the lack thereof, but they should be given leadway to use their own individual skills to be creative in helping their kids succeed.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  5. Diane Brunson

    The teahcers in Rhode Island are a convenient scape goat for many of society's ills that contribute to these students' problems. If students are dropping out of school, parents are more responsible for that situation than teacers are. Just becuse we can't 'fire' the parents doesn't mean they're not responsible for keeping their children in school.

    If there is a tansient student population in the high school, how can these teachers be held responsible for the students' progress? If the students leave and move around and some return to the school and some don't and always there's a large number of new students enrolling in the school, how can anyone say that these particular teahcers are responsible for those students' problems? Students have to be in the school with some degree of consistancy in order to receive the teahcers' instruction but if they're moving around, they're either in and out of various schools or not attending school of some length of time – teachers just can't be held responsible for students who, for numerous resons, have this life style. Many factors in our society are responsible for students having to live a transient life style and teachers should not be blamed when there are so many factors effecting these students' educational problems. This is just UNFAIR and it doesn't begin to solve the heart of the problem. The superintendent makes a name for herself, moves on in a couple of years to a new district and the students are no better off. Do you really think a new group of teachers facing the same situation with all the same problems that face these studnets, will do significanly better?! Do you honestly think the teachers are main problem here?

    February 24, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  6. Edi

    I have a 2004 Lexus 330 SUV. Back in 2004, my car accelerator above the cruise control speed with the gas pedal actually depressing on it's own on two different occasions. I never felt it was out of control, but it did alarm me enough that I asked them to check it. (I have the service ticket). They said they could not duplicate it, and fortunately it never happened again.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:12 am |
  7. Michael P.

    Why does the responsibility for failing students fall entirely on the teachers? We've moved so far away from personal responsibility in this country it's ridiculous! Class sizes continue to increase, students refuse to do the work required, parents don't participate in the education process, but it's all the teachers fault. It was clear to me from your report that Dr. Gallo is incapable of performing her job. She's the one who needs to be fired. A teacher sees a student for about an hour per day. A parent sees their child for 12+ hours per day. It seems to me the parents are the ones failing. There needs to be a mechanism for holding them accountable. As for how much money the teachers are making, sounds about right for the job they do.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:57 am |
  8. Dan Murphy

    Just like in Vancouver British Columbia we have to much government and school administration throwing rocks when they too live in glass houses. More administrators need to pick up the chalk and get in front of the students and teach. Too much administration..too much testing...Pick up the chalk and lower classroom teacher pupil ratios. Your fear of the actual classroom is causing the profession a real lack of credibility . What are your wages???

    February 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  9. Leslie

    Not everything is as it seems. Every teacher I know works more than 8 hours a day at school – (6 of those standing in front of a class and get 20 minutes for lunch and daily bathroom break), tutors kids on their own time, spends their prep hour subbing for absent teachers, spends many hours at home grading and preparing lessons, attends school sports and other student functions, weekly staff meetings, continuing education classes, committee meetings for curriculum and site issues, emails, calls, and meets with parents to discuss issues and grades, creates individual improvement plans for special needs kids who are now in large numbers in their classrooms, meets with school social workers and counselors to better assist those kids in succeeding, and spends most of their "summers off" planning curriculum and readying their rooms for the next school year.....and too much more to list......if they make $70,000 a year, after working like a dog for 20 years teaching kids with the obvious problems those kids had, good for them. It's not enough, as far as I'm concerned. How about firing the superintendent?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  10. Anneice

    I am a teacher and I have been teaching for just 3 years, when looking at the fact that many of those teachers have more than 15years experience in teaching, why is their 70,000 annual salary so horrible? There are doctors who practice in the inner city and serve communities with average incomes of less than 20,000 annually however they are making 100s of thousands dollars a year. Should all the physicians in these areas lose their jobs because the health conditions of inner city groups is constantly declining and not getting better, or should officers in the inner cities also lose their jobs because the crime rates are not improving?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  11. florilis

    To terminate 88 teaching positions in this particular situation sounds like there is more to the issue than we are hearing. As an educator, I truly understand the blame game. Those teachers, from what I understand were mostly veterans within the profession. At some point the community (parents, students, teachers and adminstrators) have to take a hard look at how their educational structure works. A positive shift in productivity can occur without firing a whole staff. Where is the teachers union to protect these teachers? What is wrong with paying them for the extra hours they work? At most jobs when you work overtime, people receive compensation. Many school districts are facing this issue and are finding creative ways within the educational structure to raise test scores, produce productive students and keep quality teachers. I work at a "F" school and the constant demands put forth by mandates is overwhelming. Oh, I have not spoke about overall student apathy and "poor behavior" of the students when they have been labled and shifted from school to school based on "data". I put forth faith in my students to perform to the best of their abilities and I know, as an educator, to educate my students to the best of my ability. My thoughts are to the whole community in Rhode Island. Just know that there are other school systems all over the country dealing with this same issue, hopefully without firing quality educators.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  12. Chris A

    Tough times and tough situations require tough decisions. I could not be more proud of Supt. Gallo for having the courage and follow-through to make decisions based on the best interest of the school and not caving to the greed and self-serving interests of the teacher's union. I truly hope that Supt. Gallo's actions will set an example and inspire other school districts to take similar bold actions.

    For she's a jolly good fellow, for she's a jolly good fellow...

    February 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  13. Dawn

    As much as I hate to hear anyone losing their job, the reality is; veteran teachers like those working at this school are not willing to comply with the new stipulations of the improvement model descrbed in the piece. Staying after school to provide tutoring, mandatory meetings after shool and during the summer to talk about education (probably in a Professional Learning Community) and more rigorous evalutions are all things that should be happening already. I am a third year teacher in a large urban school district and I tell you; you haven't heard anyone complain until you've heard a veteran, unionized teacher complain. When will veterans understand that the leverage they once has is quickly becoming a relic of the past?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  14. carmen in texas

    $70, 000!!!! Wow! only our principals make that much! This is my 13th year as a teacher in texas and I'm still not cracking the $50, 000 mark!

    BTW Gallo is a superintendent, not a Principal.

    Believe me, some of the problems are of the administration's own making, and I'm saying this from experience.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  15. Johan

    It is easy for you all to judge the teachers and praise dr.gallo for her so called bold and great decision, but in reality it's a shame that these teachers would get the boot I would love to invite each and everyone of you to central falls to teach unfortunatley like in many poverty driven cities education comes 2nd and 3rd and all though that might be tough to grasp or some of you's it's reality. These teachers are the hardest workers in the state who work in the worst conditions when it comes to supplies needed to create a better more entertaining enviornment of education. I graduate in 2005 and was part of a class that won the states civil liberties competition and competed in Washington , many of the professors that Ive had I will vouch for them and argue with anyone who says they deserve to get fired. If it truly came down to compensation negoiations, well I dnt expect anyone in todays economy to take a pay cut nor work extra hours and more school days, and for those
    who say they would I laugh at hard. At the end of the day we belong to a square mile city firing 88 teachers and bringing in new teachers will be tragic our trust and faith are with those teachers we have now they undersand where we come from and what we deal with on an everyday basis no outside person will ever be able to create that bond nor gain that trust from our students and that is a fact. I am a 2005 graduate and a full supporter of my former teachers and highschool

    February 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  16. cg

    Unions in schools lower standards and protect bad teachers for the most part. Good teachers end up contributing money and never use the union services. Why would you need the union if you're doing a good job? Great job Dr. Gallo.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  17. Christie Howard

    OBVIOUSLY, these people cheering Superintendent Gallos are standing only on one side of the fence. Even a pancake has two sides. Stop carrying on about the salary!! Salary has nothing to do with it – this is where I find fault with the media...focusing on the irrelevant. When the guidance counselor was interviewed he said, "Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper." I can only reiterate. We (the public) do NOT have all the facts on either side. If you have not had experience on both sides of the fence, you don't need to point a finger. This superintendent reminds me (frighteningly) of the superintendent who presides over the district from which I am retired – the difference being Superintendent Gallos appears to be much more articulate than the superintendent to whom I am referring. However, Ms. Gallos did not divulge any info which might weigh on either side of the issue; Ms. Gallos did not express concern for the students which should be the focus of the issue; Ms. Gallos did not show ANY support for even "some" of the teachers involved. This is one of those issues for which there is NO fault. The kids come first – that's a no brainer....however, one must be realistic – you can't sit back and point a finger at teachers just because they pull a certain salary. That's just ignorant and outrageous. You people who are so quick to applaude this board and superintendent might want to get off your hind parts and volunteer in your kids' schools, make sure you are in close communication with your kids' teachers, make sure you are completely involved in your kids' education – take a look at both sides of the pancake. If you have nothing better to do than shout "witch" at educators who, for the most part, care deeply and passionately about their "chosen" fields, perhaps you have WAY too much time on your hands....get out there and do something constructive for your communities and our nation.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  18. Elizabeth Coronado

    Those teachers deserve to be fired! When we become teachers we do so to help all students for the love of teaching always doing what is expected and more. All for the students we teach! The superintendent made thr right choice. These students need new teachers that will be there for them 100% . It is our job as teachers to go out of way without more pay we are there for them not for the money. Most teachers are underpaid as we all know. Don't negotiate with these teachers anymore there heart is not in it give these jobs to teachers who are there for the students and their futures. There are plenty teachers out there who know what the love of teaching is and what it's all about!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  19. Duane Garmreson

    Jamming a health care program down the throats of the people especially retired people is not the answer. The President and the Democrats are not looking for a bipartisan answer!!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  20. Angela

    I am a certified special education teacher as well as speech-language pathologist in New York. I have been teaching for 20 years. I am so tired of teacher bashing. Perhaps when our society values educators and what we do more than athletes or actors, 70, 000 will seem shameful as a salary!! Look in a mirror America. Children fail in school because of poor parental involvement. Teachers can only do so much. It is ultimately up to the parents to teach values in education. I sit with both of my children every night and help them with homework. I go to every conference. Education starts at home. Support teachers. We have the most important job in the world!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  21. Cyndi

    I do not agree with what Dr. Gallo has done. The teachers making $70,000 or more have been in this school district for many years. They have earned this salary over the years. Why did she pick only 88 teachers out the total amount of teaching there? Precisely because they are making too much money for the school budget to handle. As we all know, everything comes down to the almighty dollar and in this economy, she found an excuse to fire the teachers that have acquired a higher salary over the years. This high school can now hire teachers right out of college for approximately $30,000 less than these seasoned teachers. These new teachers have no experience. The reason why these students drop out or fail is because they are from low income families and do not speak English. They enter and leave the country and there is no consistency in their education.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  22. DR. Thomas

    The move made by the head of the School Board should be praised among all. This school's statistics are horrible if not embarrassing.

    It should not take years to turn this school around as the teachers suggest, it will take only one decision to start from scratch and get teachers that are more interested in education rather than Union negotiations.

    There is NOTHING worth negotiating with the teachers or Union! This place needs an immediate change!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  23. Paddy

    Let me ask you Mark, are you willing to take a 10% pay cut? Most people out there have no clue. Teaching is a difficult profession. People see that teachers get summers off and school holidays and only work from 7:30-2:30, but that is simply not true. Teachers bring their work home. Teachers stay after school to work with their students. Obviously, some are in it for the wrong reasons, but that is few and far between. The real problem is the unrealistic expectations put on districts by Federal Legislation like NCLB. Is this Superintendent taking a pay cut? Often times they come in wanting to change the world in a few years by implementing all of these new strategies, but don't know where to start and spend thousands on useless consultants who are only trying to make a buck.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  24. John Henderson

    How about firing all the students? You cannot teach someone who does not want to learn. If 65% of the students do not speak English how are they going to pass a state test?

    February 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  25. regina

    I wish they would do that with our High school here in kailua kona. it should be shut down. we have a 35% drop out rate. I had a teacher at the school tell me "he did not care about the students" I think this is needed all over America. Fire Complacent teachers. And DOE administrators out as well. The public system is broken.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  26. Kimberly Cizek

    As an ex teacher meyself, I find it appalling that all the blame is being directed towards the teachers. When do we hold the students and the parents responsible for their children's education? Please – as a teacher I worked 12 hour days, on Saturdays, and throughout the summer – unpaid. I couldn't however, make the kids show up, participate, study, or do their homework. They and their parents believe that they should pass just for being enrolled, and it's this attitude of entitlement that defeats the teachers. If they kids really want to learn, they will. Too bad the kids don't take responsibility and do the work so they learn, then they blame someone else – the teachers, for their failures

    February 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  27. Larry B

    Fifty percent of the teachers will be re-hired. The mass firing is the best way to clean house and get rid of the teachers who do not deserve to keep their jobs. Unfortunately there will be some casualties with some good teachers not able to get re-hired. With any organization like a school unless everyone is pulling there weight the system will fail. Teachers deserve to be paid well if the school is doing well; this was not the case with this school.

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    February 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  28. Duane Garmreson

    The teachers need to reconsider their dedication to the students. A 3% increase in math skills over three years is an unacceptable improvement. Also considering the salary of the teachers the community can reasonably expect a much better performance.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  29. Susanne Cash

    I am a teacher in a non-union state. I have morning duty everyday half an hour prior to school and do not get paid a DIME for it. But in a union state, they would have to pay me. Please! It's part of my JOB. I hate to see teachers get laid off, but I make 40,000 a year – I have 5 years experience, a masters degree, and several extra certifications. My sister-in-law teaches in a union state and says it's pathetic that the teachers beat the kids out of the building at the end of the school day. Unions are not for the KIDS, and moreover, how are they helping the teachers?? Obviously, not in Rhode Island. I bet half those teachers were willing to do what the district wanted, but because of the union, could not.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  30. Kerry M.

    I am graduating from one of Americas top colleges this year. I am fluent in Spanish (given that a lot of the students speak native Spanish) and if Central Falls wants to pay me 70+ thousand a year I will happily work a full teaching day and extra hours for free. Heck, I'll do that for a lot less too!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  31. Scott, Indiana

    What about personal responsibility? If some of the kids pass then the teachers must be providing those kids with what they need to pass. Why aren't kids held to some kind of standard. What is their attendance like? You can't teach kids that aren't in school. What is their behavior like? Can't teach kids that are in the office all day. What time did they go to bed? Can't teach kids that are asleep.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  32. parent in west virginia

    ITS about time we need a total overhaul for teachers, they need to look at the teachers in west virginia, when u see things in a school system u should not, when a child receives failing grades all the time it might not be the child, if they dont get it change the way u present it, it just might be the teacher not the kid, but they have one track, its not them, the kid has a learning disability or theres problems at home, so i hope this so nation wide

    February 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  33. Scott, Indiana

    Run the schools like business right. One problem, can't fire the students.
    All you people that want the teachers to be fired imagine if at your work no one could be fired there were no consequences for your behavior and you were the boss. That's how it is to teach in America.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  34. Francine

    Dr. Fran Gallo, Supt. for Central Falls High School in Rhoda Island, is a champion !!!!!! Oh yes, she just fired 88 teachers in that highschool. It is a failing highschool in a poor community; average earning is $25,000 a yr. The teachers are earning up to $70-$75 thousand bucks a year and now they wanted even more money, but student failure rate is around 50%. Can you say pass out the pink slips? That's the kind of ZERO tolerance we really need.... You go Dr. G >>>>>>>>>>>>> we need you in Mississippi too.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  35. Renee H.

    Dr. Gallo and other leaders like her have to make such crucial leadership decisions if we truly want to close the achievement gap. Most think that the achievement gap a domestic problem as we compare school districts and the socioeconomics of the students. However, we have a much greater achievement gap between the American educational system and our neighboring countries, particularly when we are not in the top five. The School Improvement process and RttT is a starting point to get Districts and stakeholders to create the right plans (based on individual student data) with the right personnel (not just because the teachers are HQT) who have qualitative and quantitative success results.

    It is my understanding that when such turnaround and conversion models are implemented, the high performing teachers are allowed to interview for positions within the same District/School. It is a clean start for a superintendent to create the power team that will equip our students with the essential 21st Century skills needed to be successful and contributing US citizens and abroad.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  36. Kim J

    It's a shame that so many people are ready to jump on the "hooray-for-firing-the-teachers-bandwagon" without knowing the reasons behind student failures. As a teacher in another state serving the poor, I am all too aware of the multiple challenges facing these teachers. Teachers at my Chicago school have to pay for every single pencil, piece of paper, act as social workers (since these positions have been eliminated), don the hat of mental health professionals, all while enduring criminal behavior, low student motivation, and the brunt of society's ills. God help us all!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  37. rich sottilaro

    Well well well here we go again!! Two former NTSB workers working for Toyota to minimize the threat of a recall 3 years ago???? Plus former congressmen working for Toyota as lobbyist??? Smells very fishy!!! Once again it is the lack of term limits on our corrupt congress and corrupt lobbyists dictating to the rest of us how things will go. I say all you lobbyist need to go!! Glad the President came right out of the inauguration barring some lobbyist access to congress! Nice first step but we need to take it further. These ex-congressmen and corporate lobbyist decide for all Americans which way policy will go. Sad to think that the people of this country would not stand up against this corruption going on for decades and just stand around like sheep in a field. We need to send a message to all of congress and more importantly big business!! It is WE THE PEOPLE not the select few that this country was and always will be founded on that decide in the end how things WILL go!!


    February 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  38. carol

    Give me a break. All the teachers in Central Falls can't all be wrong.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  39. Larryboy

    I'm watching the bashing of Toyota by the US auto mob and Government Motors – very amusing. Did this mob ever wonder why Toyota started to tank? Perhaps it was when they began making Toyotas in the US. Some folk say anything made in the US is junk, especially cars. Brand doesn't seem to matter, perhaps it's where the vehicle was made.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  40. Duane Garmreson

    The Superintendent is trying to improve the school. A 3% increase in the math score over several years is not much of an improvement. The teachers need to rethink their position. Especially considering their salary compared to that of the city's median income.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  41. gary

    About the teachers loosing jobs, if the school systems would eliminate the non English speaking group test results the schools status would be alot higher. If the schools would eliminate the illegals that are not born or register citizens of the USA then our school systems would be alot better off due to these people are NOT entitled to any education. This pertains to our nation as a WHOLE when looking at school system and why we are below standards.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  42. parent

    Maybe they should fire the parents. . . take all the kids away. Who has a greater influence on children and their learning? parents or teachers? Where do these students spend the majority of their time? What is the highest level of education attained by parents? My guess is less than 1/2 of their parents graduated from high school. Apples do not fall far from the tree.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  43. Jasmin Abreu

    I think that the Super attendant's choice was a horrible choice.From what the reportes say the students come from very poverty ridden backgrounds. We need to remember that these kids could be living very tragic lives of domestic and gang Violence. The last thing on the students minds are attendance and the strive for good grades. and forget about college. They are on the basic levels to just get by, and their families are as well.

    The family unit is just as important if not more than the teacher. If the parents enforce regular study habbits at home and ensure their child is attending school, that child will have a more likely chance of succeding in school than a child whose parents dont engage in these regular routines. So blaming and firing teachers will not get rid of the problem. You have to go to the source.

    I think that the small increases that these teachers have made so far is great, by getting rid of them you just placed all your efforts back into the hole again. Honestly, I think the super Attendant needs to reconsider her decision and give back the jobs to the people who have been trying.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Katy Doherty

    The high school counselor from Central Falls is not telling the entire story. Chaffee is a union supporter and wants votes for his bid for governor. The teachers wanted 90 dollars more per hour, that is why the original plan did not go thru. Teachers control how they are evaluated and this was going to change. Also seniority rules even if you are not qualified to teach that subject. My God. 7% literacy in math, and 47% in reading. My hat is off to Gist, who is the new comissioner of education in RI.

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    February 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Mark Chandler

    Wow the average teacher there makes 70-78k a year and the average median income is 22k? You know it's sad that these teachers love to throw around the 4 letter word to try to justify their greed..kids. If the teachers were that concerned with the kids then maybe they should take a 10% cut in pay to help alleve the stress. I mean it is about the kids right? Especially since they only work 9 months out of the year! Kudos Mrs. Superintendent lady, you rock and you know it!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  47. dave n

    Unions in our country have had too much power for too long. I'm glad the school board had the guts to fire all of them, Of course they now claim they were open to compromise. Classic jailhouse conversion.

    Good luck to the students, the school board and all the new, fresh teachers who will help turn this school around.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  48. Alonzo Wilson

    They should be fired. It is absolutely shameless to have those kind of statistics with the average salary being $70k. We must get tough with our education policy in this country. It does not take years to turn this around as the guidance counselor and teacher who were interviewed were alluding to.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  49. dOROTHY

    My toyota –2005 Corola surged on me. I was easing into a parling spot and controling it with the brake-my foot was not on the gas–the idle speed was enough and I was was easing forward and reverse by shifting and using the barke, Sudenlyly it seemed my car exploded as it lurched forward–My foot was still on the brake and I stopped the car by the brake. It reved higher than I had ever heard it and smoke rolled out from under the hood and I smelled rubber. This lasted a few seconds and when It went back to normalI I put it in park and turned off the motor. I thought Ihad hit the car ahead of me but I didn't. I took the car into the dealers the next morning and they said it checked our perfectly with mfg's settings. This happened a year ago and It hasn't happened since but I am not confident it won't do it again. It was not a gas pedal nor a floor mat. problem.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Annie Kate

    Not being able to control your car is scary – it happened once to me when my cruise control got stuck in accelerate and even when I took the cruise control off the car kept accelerating no matter what I did. It was late (past midnight) so that made it more scary. I eventually got it stopped but I will never forget the incident. I'm glad Rhonda's incident turned out ok in the end and she is still here to tell her story. Am looking forward to hearing it and the rest of the show as well.

    February 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
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