Friday, February 19, 2010

R.I. Schools Superintendent Imitates The Donald

"You're Fired!"- even in public ed.

I posted a guest blog on the NY Education Reform Blog (here) which discusses the Superintendent of the Central Falls School District in Rhode Island, Frances Gallo, summarily firing the entire staff at the district's high school.

The state labeled this school as one of the worse performing in the state, and the teachers union refused to implement several reform ideas, demanded by the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, without a higher pay raise. This provoked the superintendent to implement the next option: the "turnaround" plan which begins by removing the entire staff of a failing school.

The reforms rejected by the union were hardly out of the ordinary, and any suffering business or charter school under a performance contract would do that and more to remain in business and produce a better product or outcome. Not in the Central Falls School District.

Peter Murphy
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