R.I. board fires school's staff in turnaround effort

Members of the school board in Central Falls, R.I., voted to dismiss the entire staff at the city's only public high school as part of a turnaround strategy to address a four-year graduation rate of 48%. The plan to fire the teachers was put forth by the superintendent, who had offered teachers a proposal to boost student achievement through additional instructional time -- a plan the union rejected because it did not include enough extra pay. The school is one of six of the state's lowest achievers.

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