Rhode Island Superintendent Frances Gallo will fire every teacher and administrator at low-performing Central Falls High after the teachers’ union refused to accept a reform plan that called for adding 25 minutes to the school day, tutoring before and after school, eating lunch with students once a week, submitting to more rigorous evaluations, attending weekly after-school planning sessions with other teachers and participating in two weeks of training in the summer. The union wanted extra pay for extra duties.
On Mish’s blog, a local says the town, which has a median income of only $22,000, is siding with the superintendent.
Teacher salaries at the high school average $72-78k. Apparently 50% of the students at the school are failing all of their classes, and the graduation rate is also under 50%.
. . . This is yet another example of unions digging their own graves by refusing to negotiate or accept reasonable terms.
In a better economy, demanding more work for the same money wasn’t considered “reasonable,” but perhaps expectations have changed.