While researching my previous posting Providence Teacher Dismissals I was reminded of the President’s reaction to the reports about a year and a half ago regarding the planned mass termination of teachers at the failing Central Falls high school in Rhode Island:
“If a school continues to fail its students year after year after year, if it doesn’t show signs of improvement, then there’s got to be a sense of accountability,” he said. “And that’s what happened in Rhode Island last week at a chronically troubled school, when just 7 percent of 11th-graders passed state math tests — 7 percent.”
The school was failing its students – there is no other way to put it. With only 7% of the eleventh graders at Central Falls High School passing the state math test, to call what was going on at that school, year after year, “education” is an insult to teachers everywhere. When twelve out of every thirteen students in the eleventh grade can’t pass the math test, it’s time for a dramatic change.
Unfortunately, that change didn’t happen – it seems the teacher’s union successfully negotiated the return of all the teachers and agreed to strict reforms that were put in place, and, shockingly, by most measures things got worse, not better.
I wonder what the Central Falls school district has planned for the coming school year…
YouTube video: gist cf teachers won’t be retained
Ken’s Project Blog: Providence Teacher Dismissals