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Rhode Island Hopes to Fix a Failing School with a Plan to Fire All 88 Teachers
CBS/Jim Axelrod~Central Falls, Rhode Island has long been among the state’s most troubled school districts – one in five students live in poverty, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod. Many struggle with English in this immigrant community – and that’s just for starters.
“We lose 52 percent of our students between 9th grade and the 12th grade,” Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo told Axelrod. “They don’t graduate.”
Eighty-eight teachers at Central Falls High School could be terminated. Teachers are rallying for their jobs, anticipating the vote for a mass firing.
The teachers’ union is also fighting back with a video on its Web site, featuring upset students at a recent school board meeting.
“We have teachers at the high school that have grown up in this community,” said Jane Sessums of the teachers union. “That’s what education at Central Falls is about – and what they’re planning tonight will set that back and ruin it – and it’s horrible for our students.”
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