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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You're Fired!

Rhode Island... This one's all over the news.  A Rhode Island high school is in trouble -- hasn't met state standards in a while.  According to one report, the graduation rate is 48% and only 7% of the 11th graders meet state proficiency standards in math.  It's time to do something drastic (as per NCLB).  The Superintendent recommends a plan where the teacher work day is extended 25 minutes each day.  Some of that time would be spent tutoring, some days eating lunch with the kiddos, some days planning with other teachers, and so on.  Some of the plan was uncompensated, some of the extra time would be paid at $30/hour.

The teachers' union said, "NO WAY."

That meant the superintendent had to go to an alternate plan: firing the entire staff.  The... Entire... Staff.  The staff can reapply for their jobs, but the district is not allowed to hire back more than 50% of the original staff.  Bet those teachers are loving their union now.

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