R.I. Teachers Union Rep Compares Firing of Underperforming Teachers to Pearl Harbor
posted at 12:03 pm on February 23, 2011 by Jazz Shaw
You may recall our recent coverage of the ongoing dispute between administrators and the teachers union in what may well be the most dysfunctional school district in the country, found at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. Well, the situation continues to spiral out of control there faster than LiLo’s career. This week, the district plans to send out pink slips to all of the nearly 2,000 teachers in their organization.
PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.
In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school.
To be clear, the Superintendent has stated that this doesn’t mean that every one of the teachers will be terminated, but that the schools are reserving the right to do so for each and every one of them in accordance with standing labor rules. And even I’ll admit that they could probably find a couple of them worth keeping at the high end of an otherwise failing bell curve.
More interesting was the union response, which was measured and rational as you might expect to emerge from such an important decision point.
“This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.
I really wanted to insert something snarky here as is my usual habit, but I just can’t come up with anything that could do justice to that artistic piece of hyperbole.
The school continues to fail. The community, already facing disastrous budget problems, continues to pay through the nose for absolutely dismal results in the public schools. It’s a situation which certainly seems to call for drastic measures, yet the union leaders continue to circle the wagons around their rice bowls rather than coming up with alternatives or compromise which might rescue their students from this long standing failure.
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