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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