We’ve spent a lot of cyber-pages here at the Leading Source debating the impact of good and bad teachers, layoffs, and getting rid of ineffective teachers and school leaders. Of course, one of the most recent episodes that piqued our interest was the mass firing of all teachers and staff at the troubled Central Falls High School in Rhode Island.
The case gained national attention after President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and many others praised the move, although some of us here questioned whether removing all the teachers was the best strategygiven that a complete upheaval would undoubtedly remove some good teachers who had ties to the transitional and predominantly immigrant community.
And while dozens of people from across the country had applied to replace those teachers, we questioned whether outsiders would stay long enough to get the school back on track. I’m sure there were many, many other conversations about this move and what it foreshadowed for the future of education.