RI fires entire enitre staff and Duncan applauded

Firing of entire school staff approved. Ed secretary Duncan calls action courageous. 11:20 am February 24, 2010, by Maureen Downey

“A Rhode Island school board has upheld a controversial recommendation to fire the entire staff of a failing high school and start fresh. The vote by the Central Falls school board Tuesday won the support of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.”

“Meanwhile, state and local education officials received some high-powered support of their own, when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan weighed in, saying he “applauded” them for “showing courage and doing the right thing for kids.”

“I think the real goal is to bust the unions,” said Julie Boyle, an English teacher at Coventry High School. “Sometimes a teacher is the only touchstone in a student’s life. I’m sad for the students who will lose their touchstones.”

So what happens to the good teacher within that failing school? I cannot believe Delaware’s Joe Biden sits by with his thumb up his ass allowing Arne Duncan to overstep the mandate of the United States Department of Education. Surely not all the staff within that school building deserved to be fired! Duncan cheers as good teachers gets fucked!

Wake up Delaware teachers! Can Jack Markell really be trusted????

Education Commissioner Gist Approves Central Falls Turnaround Model Central Falls community has 120 days to develop plan to improve high school

“Following procedures from the U.S. Department of Education, last month the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) identified Central Falls High School and five schools in Providence as the persistently lowest-achieving schools in the state. Commissioner Gist ordered Providence and Central Falls to convene an advisory group of community stakeholders and to select for each school one of the four federal models for school reform: turnaround, school closure, restart, or transformation. “
So Rhode Island is a shoe-in for RTTT now ?
The Journal says the 93 people fired included 74 classroom teachers, plus reading specialists, guidance counselors, p.e.  teachers, the school psychologist, the principal and three assistant principals. Their names were all read aloud in the school auditorium.
The Journal says the 93 people fired included 74 classroom teachers, plus reading specialists, guidance counselors, p.e.  teachers, the school psychologist, the principal and three assistant principals. Their names were all read aloud in the school auditorium.”
OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Former DC State Superintendent Appointed to RI Education Commissioner Post  PROVIDENCE – The Board of Regents will vote tomorrow (April 2, 2009) to appoint Deborah A. Gist, the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia, to serve as the next R.I. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.
“Deborah Gist has shown strong, innovative leadership in Washington, D.C.,” said Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education. “At a time when schools all across America need to get better to compete in the global economy, Deb will be a force for real and meaningful reform. I look forward to working with her and the State of Rhode Island to give our children the best education possible.”
Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp:  “Through Teach for America’s close work with Deb Gist in Washington,D.C., we found her to be a driven reformer and a true model for thecountry in her ability to meaningfully connect every policy decision tothe best interests of students,” said Wendy Kopp,”
The female version of Arne Duncan ! Is she drunk ??
SCREAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Broad connection !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DEBORAH GIST ; The Broad Superintendents Academy Class of 2008
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rhode Island Department of Education, RI

14 responses to “RI fires entire enitre staff and Duncan applauded

  1. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/02/school-board-fires-principal-and-every-teacher-at-poor-performing-high-school/1

    This article shows that the town is “Rhode Island’s smallest and poorest city” which draw comparisons to schools in the impoverished Wilmington neighborhoods whose brightest kids and most active parents have left long ago.

    This whole RttT and its adjucts in private non-profits is starting to piss me off.


    • Nancy- make sure all the players we have been talking about are actually non profits.. some are for profit.


  2. I hope the DSEA is taking notes. This will be a trend setter I fear.


  3. If these 93 employees were unqualified, you better fire the employees who hired them and replace the school board because the hiring policy results in unqualified people being hired. Or do those who fired these employees believe that only these 93 employees are not qualified and all the other people hired working in other schools in this district are qualified.
    Were these 93 employees counseled? Where they told where their performance had to improve? Did they provide than professional development to improve these areas.
    Don’t these 93 employees have any “rights.” Who gave these people the power to fire these employees?
    Why don’t they replace the staff with staff from the highest performing school and take this staff and let them go to the best school.
    Does anyone believe that the lowest performing school achievement would be the same as the highest?
    Do they believe when all children fail to learn, it is because of the teacher.
    What happens to the new staff if achievement does not improve under the same conditions. No extra staff, no more money, no more mentors, no more parent involvement etc..


  4. 93 people fired included 74 classroom teachers, plus reading specialists, guidance counselors, p.e. teachers, the school psychologist, the principal and three assistant principals.


  5. Jack, as usual doesn’t know jack.

    Good for this distrcict — I saw the superintendent on TV — I’m glad she fired them I hope Delaware school districts do the same.

    And, no, Jack, it isn’t necessarily the fault of those terrible administrators. The teachers refused to work to improve the results — wouldn’t even agree to eat lunch with the kids one day a week.

    But, Jack, that won’t make any difference to you — you are just a negative, complaining, person who has no credibility. You are probably old enough to know what a “record” is — those things that used to have music on them? If you are that old, you remember how they would get a scratch on them and get stuck? Well, you remind me of a stuck record (my Dad used to have them).


  6. The justification for the firing is actually because the district was going to force them to spend more time either with students or on professional development and not pay them for it.

    Since the ‘turn around’ is based on seeing if the improvement plan works, and since the state didn’t care to pay for the extra time involved, they told the teachers who refused to work for free that they’d be fired.

    Why they fired the principal may have been because s/he stood by the teahers wanting compensation for their time.


  7. CBS News reports ~ Rhode Island School Poised to Fire All 74 Teachers – State’s Education Chief OKs Layoffs as Part of “Turnaround” Model for Central Falls High School

    These teachers are being fired because they want to be paid for their time ~

    Superintendent Fraces Gallo announced this month she would fire the teachers at the low-performing school for refusing an improvement plan. It includes an extra 25 minutes in the school day, required teachers to offer tutoring to students and forced teachers to get two weeks of summer training.


    • kilroysdelaware

      “These teachers are being fired because they want to be paid for their time”

      I do believe there was a dispute on the amount of pay. What happen here was a power play and an example being set. Same thing will happen here in Delaware and Warner will be ground zero.

      Once the teacher’s union is tame the others will fall. Next the end of prevailing wages and than the middle class. If it was about the kids surely we would have address the class size without waviers,

      It the long run, funding will not be sustainable and Markell will be in Washington filling grand-pa Carper’s senate seat.

      Keep in mind Duncan though sweet on charters also wants poor performing charters closed. I hear Academy at Dover is on DOE’s hit list. Markell can’t afford to close another Wilmington charter schools and Dover is easy pickings.


    • If your info is good, then Stubbs, Pulaski, and Bancroft wll be ground zero too.


  8. Did the Superintendent and all district office adm., supervisors and specialist responsible for school support also agree to 10 days without pay, work longer everyday and tutor students XXX number of hours without pay?


  9. Central Falls = Crispus Attucks. Mark. My. Words.

    This is scary stuff.


  10. kilroysdelaware

    “If your info is good, then Stubbs, Pulaski, and Bancroft wll be ground zero too”

    Info is good, came from inside Dover. re: Warner, I am saying Warner will be the first public school converted to a charter. Markell do this as to shake up the union to buckle under and allow Lil to dictate teacher assignments. Folks down in Dover feel teachers shouldn’t have a say where to teach but rather be told.