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School & District Management

Fired R.I. Teachers Try to Beat the Odds

By Bryan Toporek — May 14, 2010 1 min read

Earlier this year, Central Falls High School in Rhode Island made news by firing every single one of their teachers and staff in a radical turnaround effort that was lauded by President Obama.

Ninety of those teachers are now applying to get their jobs back, although only half can be rehired if the school hopes to receive federal school improvement money. The district already has received 800 applications from teachers, so finding replacements shouldn’t be too difficult.

“It’s a very interesting time to be in Central Falls and to see the wealth of educational professionals who really want to come,” superintendent Frances Gallo said.

Three of the previously fired teachers have been rehired; 87 others reapplied for their jobs.

5/17 Update: On Sunday, the district announced that it had reached an agreement with the teachers’ union to rehire all of the fired teachers without forcing them to reapply for their jobs.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.