Holding Teachers Responsible for Fixing Failing Schools: The Battle Over Education Reform in Central Falls, Rhode Island

Holding Teachers Responsible for Fixing Failing Schools: The Battle Over Education Reform in Central Falls, Rhode Island

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Abstract

Central Falls High School has a graduation rate below 50 percent. In January of 2010 Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist identified Central Falls High School as one of the lowest-achieving schools in the state. In line with new requirements from the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama, the state of Rhode Island and Central Falls school district would need to put in place a plan for―turning around‖ the troubled high school based on one of four models for improving instruction, management, and student outcomes.

Superintendent of Schools Frances Gallo seized the moment by proposing a plan that would replace the principal at Central Falls High School, adopt school-wide instructional reforms, seek greater community involvement at the school, and lengthen the school day while ...

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