Monday, February 22, 2010
IS THE PERFECT RX FOR OPS
Whoa! Cheers for Frances Gallo, a Rhode Island school principal, who is going to fire about 100 teachers, assistants, and administrators for failing to obey her orders aimed at improving the educational outcome of the high school in beleaguered Central Falls, R.I.
Half of the students are failing ALL of their classes, and the graduation rate is BELOW 50%. Unemployment is rampant in the town, with average salaries pegged at $22,000 a year. But school staffers are making upwards of $50,000 MORE than that.
So Ms. Gallo decided it was time for the staff to take some serious steps to fix the failing school:
-- work 25 minutes longer per school day
-- provide before- and after-school tutoring on a rotating basis
-- eat lunch with the students once a week
-- have more rigorous staff evaluations
-- attend weekly after-school planning sessions with other teachers
-- attend two weeks of summer training
The unionized staff refused. So Ms. Gallo FIRED them!!!
Woo hoo! Love it. Let's keep watching this one . . . and see if the idea spreads to other schools where far too many kids are failing and dropping out. Exhibit A: the Omaha Public Schools.
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Nebraska's schools, which are not doing well at all, need more superintendents like this one who will stand up to the haughty teachers unions.Post a Comment