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Formal termination letters were sent to the entire faculty of Central Falls High School in Central Fall, Rhode Island yesterday. The dismissals are effective the last day of the school year. Rhode Island State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist explains why the aggressive action was taken.

Under the proposal to improve academic performance at the high school proposed by Superintendent Frances Gallo and approved by the school district’s board of trustees only 50-percent of those teachers can be hired back. The teachers were fired because their union and the administration reached an impasse on the implementation of measures to improve the chronically poor performing school. The principal and assistant principals are among those who have been dismissed.

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