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NEA President applauds Central Falls, RI agreement and transformation plan

WASHINGTON - May 18, 2010 -

A Rhode Island school district has reached an agreement with teachers to return current staff members to their former jobs without their having to reapply for them.  In February, the Central Falls school district had garnered national media attention when it announced it would fire some 90 high school teachers and support staff at the end of this school year. 

After months of negotiations between the Central Falls Teachers Union and the Central Falls School District, an agreement has been reached that includes a transformation plan for Central Falls High School. The plan, designed to raise student achievement, includes provisions for extending the school day and tutoring students outside of class.

The following statement may be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“NEA knows that teachers and education support professionals must have a seat at the table in any district’s efforts to improve student achievement. In Central Falls and all across the country, teachers’ unions are sharing reform strategies that work and creating strong, collaborative relationships between school districts and educators. 

“Congratulations to all parties involved in the collective bargaining efforts, and to the students who will surely benefit from this strenuous work. All students deserve a great public school education, and now Central Falls has a great foundation to build on.”

The National Education Association (NEA) is committed to transforming the nation’s persistently low-performing schools into great public schools for all students.  For more information on NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign, please go to

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