Firing of all Teachers at RI School Roils Students

By: Ray Henry AP Email
By: Ray Henry AP Email

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Some of those most affected by the decision to fire all the teachers at a long-troubled Rhode Island high school say they want more say in what comes next.

The decision last month to fire 93 teachers and other staff from Central Falls High School has ignited a national debate over school reform. President Barack Obama called it an example of holding failing schools accountable. Many students and parents deplore the firings.

Central Falls graduate Ashley Delgado said firing all the teachers is unfair. One of her old teachers visited a college with her and helped her find financial aid.

High school senior Devin Guirales says mass firings are wrong, but he believes some teachers need to go.

Administrators and the teachers' union say they hope negotiations can avoid mass job losses.

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