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NEA and AFT Issue Joint Statement Condemning Central Falls Administrators’ Actions



March 1, 2010

Across the NEA and the AFT, we understand that we all have a role to play in improving the quality of education in our schools. And the teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island—a school you may have heard about in the past few days—are no different:

They know there is more work to do to improve their school, and they have dedicated themselves to helping their students to achieve.

But they face a terrible situation created by a superintendent who has chosen mass firing of teachers rather than following a collaborative path to proven reforms that truly benefit students.

The Central Falls Teachers Union and the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals are working hard to get the Central Falls administration to return to negotiations and find a resolution to this crisis. In the meantime, you can make a difference.

By signing the petition, you show that you are calling on the Central Falls superintendent to do what is right—work with the teachers instead of scapegoating them, and seek real reforms that help students achieve.

Thank you.

Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers


Sign the petition supporting the fired Central Falls teachers.