Fire the teachers? When schools fail, it may work

Ray Henry AP/Washington Examiner 3/5/2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When all the teachers were fired from Central Falls High School last week in a sweeping effort at school reform, their superintendent gave them a taste of the accountability President Barack Obama says is necessary.

It is a strategy that has been used elsewhere, such as in […]

Obama Cites RI School Firings as Example of Need for Accountability

Ray Henry Associated Press 3/1/2010

President Barack Obama says a Rhode Island school that recently fired all its educators is an example of how there needs to be accountability.

He made the comments Monday in Washington at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He called for “accountability” if a school continually fails its students without […]

Rhode Island School District Fires Entire Staff of Failing School

Mary Katharine Ham Weekly Standard 2/26/2010

Central Falls High School in Rhode Island has been among the state’s lowest-performing schools for seven years. Only 7 percent of students are proficient in math, and fewer than half graduate.

This month, school superintendent Fran Gallo fired the entire staff of Central Falls after teachers’ unions refused to […]