Eighty-seven teachers and support folks.
Today, the school hired them back for the next school year.
What's the story? Well....Central Falls High School is a failure....which they don't even argue about. It's a massive number of kids who basically give up between the ninth and twelfth grade. The tests? They were failing left and right. They were recognized within the state as the worst school and most folks were thinking they were amongst the worst in the nation.
The principal got all wrapped up in the threats by parents, the county school board, and the state board....so she asked for more after-school study hours by the teachers as part of the overall package to fix things. No, it wasn't going to be paid for. The failures were such that the school needed every single teacher to work on reestablishing kids on the right track.
The teacher's union said 'no'. No extra money....no extra hours. The come-back? Fired.
Over the past six weeks....seven hundred resumes came in. They had a chance to rebuild the teaching structure of the school from scratch.
Today....the teaching authority came out and offered all the 'fired' teachers back their contracts for 2010-2011. Yep, every single teacher of this incompetent school...is back. They did finally agree that they would donate some hours to help the 'poor kids'. So, the teachers are happy...school management is happy....and the kids are happy.
Fixed? No. There's virtually zero chance that grades will improve over the next year. The hours after school? Why would a kid even volunteer to do such a thing? Why can't the teacher teach properly over a simple school day and get the points across? You've already got kids standing there....fifteen years old....and probably an entire year behind in school. By next summer...they will likely be two years behind.
If I were a teacher with Central Falls....I'd probably sit there and wonder how exactly I screwed up and then wonder how many kids I had screwed up. Yeah....I'd be embarrassed.
Evidentially...these teachers aren't embarrassed. That says alot.