Central Falls RI Teachers to be Re-hired Under New Reform Agreement Between the Union and the Board.

Jane SessumsJane SessumsAccording to the Washington Post Sunday, all 87 teachers will return to their jobs next Fall under an agreement worked out over the weekend between the union and the School Board in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Jane Sessums had been due to address the Teacher Union Reform Network at their meeting in Newport on Friday but had to cancel becuse of the delicate negotiations still underway. Now we understand why. Under the agreement teachers would work a longer school day during the 2010-2011 school year; they would submit to rigorous evaluations during the year to help determine how many will return for the 2011-2012 school year; they would provide more after-school tutoring; and they would participate in more professional development, among other changes. Teachers voted to accept the agreement Monday. The net effect is that the school will use the "transformation" model that makes much more sense than the "turnaround" model that State Commissioner Gist had originally imposed.