This is a case study PELP. In a period of three months, all Central Falls High School employee was fired publicly said for their jobs again, and then set again. At the center of the controversy were low student achievement scores and graduation rates, only seven percent of Grade 11 Class were proficient in math, 55 percent in reading, and the four-year degree was 52 percent. Coinciding with the condition of intensive efforts for a share of the $ 4350000000 win in the Federal Governance … Read more »

This is a case study PELP. In a period of three months, all Central Falls High School employee was fired publicly said for their jobs again, and then set again. At the center of the controversy were low student achievement scores and graduation rates, only seven percent of Grade 11 Class were proficient in math, 55 percent in reading, and the four-year degree was 52 percent. Coinciding with the condition of intensive efforts for a share of the $ 4350000000 in the federal government Race to the Top (RTTT) education reform to win the competition, the events were often portrayed in the national media as a battle between the competent reformer and selfish unions. But a closer look reveals a complex situation. The requirements of a 1997 state law that authorized intervene the state Commissioner in low-performing schools, appeared with the state’s collective bargaining law, the districts with their teachers’ union on hours, salary, working conditions to negotiate necessary conflict and all other conditions of professional employment. The current collective bargaining agreement would not until August of 2011. In addition, there was confusion about what the process of selecting an intervention model should contain and who should be out of the scope of potential stakeholders-taxpayers, district administrators, state officials, the teachers’ union, teachers, parents, students and others-to participate. The mass burning also raised the question of whether the staff were actually dismissed or simply dismissed, had important consequences for the district future obligations to former employees.
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Susan Moore Johnson,
Geoff Marietta
Source: Public Education Leadership Project
33 pages.
Release Date: 6 July 2011. Prod #: PEL068-PDF-ENG
Central Falls High School HBR case solution