Providence Schools: All Teachers Fired after Winter Quarter

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Providence, Rhode Island has decided that all teachers will be fired after the end of the winter quarter. The Central Falls High School is one of the most underperforming schools in Rhode Island, but is it really necessary to fire all 93 teachers? Surely, at least one of them has been doing a good job?

“This is immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful,” said George Nee, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, who added, “what is happening here tonight is the wrong thing…and we’re not going to put up with it.”

People showed up in droves, to support the teachers who were about to lose their jobs. To put all of Providence schools and teachers in one sole category is insane. After all, there is only so much that teachers can do to encourage their students to give their best. There has to be teachers within this group who have worked hard and done the right thing; so to fire them is just a sad and unfair thing.

Everyone, however, isn’t in favor of the teachers.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan “applauded” Providence schools for doing “the right thing for the kids” and said it took “courage” to do so. Is it really the right thing to fire all of the Providence teachers?

After the hearing, the board went ahead and fired all 93 teachers. This included 74 classroom teachers, reading specialists, guidance counselors, physical education teachers, the school psychologist, the principal, and three assistant principals.

What do you think? Is it a good thing for Central Falls High School to have a fresh new start?

Photo Source: GSM Labor Council

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