Tentative agreement reached on Rhode Island teachers
The teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island who were all recently fired may get to keep their jobs after all. A tentative agreement has been reached between the teachers union and school district officials and will be voted on tomorrow.
Ninety three educators were told earlier this year that they were losing their jobs and would have to reapply as part of an effort to transform the school to improve low student performance in the state’s smallest and poorest city. The firings became national news when first Education Secretary Arne Duncan and then President Obama praised the action of the district superintendent, saying the tough action was needed.
Teachers, however, said the firings were unfair and that it would be impossible to reconstitute the entire work force of the school with qualified personnel before the fall. A union member said today that a tentative agreement has been reached that would apparently reverse the earlier firings.
“We’ve had 3 1/2 months of misery and mounting distrust,” said veteran counselor George McLaughlin, whose wife also works at the school. “We’ve only lived on hope... We may say at the end of this that there is a god after all.” Details of the agreement were not immediately known but will be reported later.
Washington Post Editors
| May 16, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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