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Rhode Island Hopes to Fix a Failing School with a Plan to Fire All 88 Teachers
Teachers are rallying for their jobs, anticipating the vote for a mass firing. (CBS)
~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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NBC—A man was arrested Wednesday night for having a shotgun near the U.S. Capitol at the time of President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress, according to Capitol Police.
The incident happened in the 300 block of First Street SE at about 8 p.m. — just as the president had started his health care reform speech on Capitol Hill.
Joshua Bowman, 28, of Falls Church, Va., admitted to having a shotgun and ammunition in the trunk of his car after officers saw a gun case during a search, police said. Police said Bowman tried to enter a street that was barricaded from the public, which led to the search of his vehicle.
Bowman was arrested and charged with an unregistered firearm and ammunition.
He is expected to be arraigned Thursday in D.C. Superior Court.
From The Hill: While the arrest was made by Capitol Police officers, the department was working in conjunction with U.S. Secret Service on Wednesday night as members of the White House and nearly the full body of Congress attended Obama’s speech.
***44D Update: A shotgun, rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition were found in Bowman’s trunk, said Erica Stanley, a spokeswoman for the District of Columbia mayor’s office.