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 […]

R.I. lawmakers question Gist on proposed funding formula for schools

Steve Peoples The Providence Journal 3/5/2010

Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist discusses a proposed funding formula for aid to school districts at a meeting of House and Senate lawmakers Thursday. The Providence Journal / Connie Grosch

PROVIDENCE — Senate Majority Leader Daniel P. Connors cannot remember such a spectacle.

More than 50 elected […]

Superintendent Frances Gallo receives warm welcome at RI meeting

Justin Katz Anchor Rising 2/27/2010

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Quote of the day

“…Education for our children should be based upon high expectations walking upon a foundation of integrity…”

Superintendent Frances Gallo Central Falls, Rhode Island 27 February 2010

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 […]

Students stand up for Central Falls, RI, school chief

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A student-run group called Young Voices rallied in front of the Rhode Island Department of Education at noontime on Wednesday to support Central Falls Supt. Frances Gallo, who plans on firing all of the city’s high school teachers as part of a state-ordered reform initiative.

Some 20 students from Providence gathered to […]